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The mission of IDC is to ensure civil justice with integrity, civility and professional competence.

IDC is an exceptional community of defense attorneys, dedicated to improving the judicial system and the practice of law. Membership is essential for every trial lawyer who makes a living representing defense interests in Illinois. Learn More.

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The topic of a plaintiff recovering damages for the cost of medical services rendered has been subject to several decisions clarifying a murky area of Illinois law. Defense attorneys are keenly aware, as is anyone who has reviewed an explanation of benefits statement, that the amounts billed by medical providers for services are sometimes arbitrary and in no way reflective of the amount eventually paid in full satisfaction of the bill. Armed with this truth, the defense may attempt to reduce special damages that will be blackboarded in front of a jury in closing arguments. Unfortunately, without clear boundaries, defense attorneys were reticent to offer affirmative evidence or cross-examine plaintiff’s foundation witnesses for fear that they would cross the line and violate the collateral source rule. A recent Illinois Appellate Court Third District decision provides meaningful guidance on both issues. Verci v. High, 2019 IL App (3d) 190106-B.
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It is because of support from our members that IDC is able to work to promote improvements in the administration of justice; support and work for improvements of the adversary systems of jurisprudence in the operation of the courts; and enhance the knowledge and skills of our many defense lawyer members. At this time we are appealing to all IDC members to renew their membership so IDC remains a capable, efficient, representative association.  

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A Special Meeting of the IDC Membership has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting has been called for the consideration of amendments to the IDC Bylaws. Follow the link below to learn more about this virtual event, register, and review the proposed bylaw amendments.
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IDC gives voice to our shared values in order to shape our legal system. Whether it be through amicus briefs, Defense Updates, Position Statements, our Legislative Watch, Advocacy Letters, judicial receptions or our PAC, the IDC is the Voice of the Defense Bar in Illinois.

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