Are Published Civil Cases From the Court of Appeal More Often Reversed by the Supreme Court? Last week, we tracked the yearly data as to how high a portion of the Court’s docket on both the civil and criminal sides consisted of published decisions from the Court of Appeal.  This week, we’re analyzing another aspect of the difference between published and unpublished Court of Appeal decisions.  View Full Post
Seventh Circuit Explains Unique Feature of Diversity Statute A feature of 28 U.S.C. § 1332, the diversity-jurisdiction statute, may make you scratch your head and wonder why it’s there. In the Seventh Circuit’s March 15, 2018 decision in Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 17-2712, Judge Frank Easterbrook explained the origin of § 1332(c)(1) and the role that Wisconsin law played in its adoption. View Full Post
Are Published Civil Cases More Often Reversed? Last week, we looked at the conventional wisdom which holds that the Supreme Court only reviews published decisions from the Appellate Court.  We showed that in fact, Rule 23 orders (the Illinois term for unpublished decisions) are not unheard of on the Court’s civil docket – in a typical year, twenty to forty percent of the civil cases were unpublished below – and are downright commonplace in the criminal docket. View Full Post
Here is a preview of the March 2018 issue of the Miss. Jury Verdict Reporter: $45,000 verdict- Leflore County car wreck case (2/18/18); $30,845 verdict- Harrison County car wreck case; plaintiff’s medicals: $36,253 (2/15/18); defense verdict- Hinds County car wreck case (2/13/18); defense verdict- Lamar County medical malpractice case (1/26/18); defense verdict- Harrison County bus repair negligence case (1/31/18); defense verdict- DeSoto County medical malpractice case (2/9/18); and defense verdict- Jasper County alienation of affection trial covered here (2/22/18). View Full Post
Seventh Circuit Rule 30(a) requires an appellant to “append to [its] opening brief[] the judgment under review and its adjoining findings of fact and conclusions of law.” Rule 30(b) further requires an appellant to include any other opinions or orders that bear on the issues on appeal, and subparagraph (d) requires an appellant to certify that it has met the requirements of the rule. View Full Post
I use and am a fan of Clio case management software. I have a diverse practice: a lot of plaintiff, some defense, a lot of non-personal injury and some personal injury. Clio is a great tool for my practice. But is there better case management software for plaintiff lawyers who specialize in personal injury? View Full Post