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April 2014 Archives

Matthew Ports Elected into ABOTA

Matthew D. Ports was recently elected to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He joins his fellow shareholders, Bruce Pfaff and Michael Gill, as members in the premier national trial lawyer's organization. Membership is by invitation only and requires the applicant to have tried a significant number of cases to verdict and to be a credit to the trial bar. We are very proud of Matt's accomplishment and professional recognition. There are one hundred members of ABOTA in Illinois and we count it as a great distinction that all three shareholders in the firm have been elected into ABOTA. The organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the right to trial by jury in civil cases and to advance professional standards of ethics and trial techniques.

Hospital facing 3 cerebral palsy lawsuits

When helping to bring a new life into the world through the delivery process, it is vital that hospitals and their staff exercise the utmost care. Errors or mistakes made by Illinois hospitals or their staff members when providing delivery-related care can lead to a child starting off life with debilitating medical conditions that will impact them for the entirety of their life.

Bruce Pfaff Testifies before Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee

Bruce Pfaff testified on Friday, April 4, 2014 before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. He authored proposed amendments to one rule of trial practice and one rule of appellate practice that he has requested the Court to adopt. He also testified against a proposal submitted by a bar organization that would make it more difficult for parties in a case to obtain metadata and other electronic data footprints of information.

Verdict reached in case regarding treatment at Illinois hospital

The results can be disastrous when a hospital or medical professionals act improperly when it comes to treating a patient's medical condition; a patient can sometimes even lose their life as a result of such negligent conduct.

GM Ignored Ignition Switch Fix

Congressional hearings are underway this week to investigate how long General Motors knew about the ignition switch problem before it initiated the first wave of recalls earlier this year. Documents obtained by media outlets reveal that GM learned of the defect as early as 2001, during the pre-production testing of the Saturn Ion. The following year, GM approved the use of the ignition switch even after informed by the supplier that it did not meet GM's performance specifications. In 2005, the automaker rejected multiple proposals to resolve the problem because it would cost too much and take too long. Reuters reported today that the fix would have cost less than $1 per car.

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