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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.

IDC members KNOW, LIKE, and TRUST the in-depth analysis of case law, relevant practice tips and much more found within our scholarly, timely, and thought-provoking publications.

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What's Happening at IDC
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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The role of product misuse, or consumer use in ways not intended or sanctioned by a manufacturer, has different significance when considered for regulation or the common law model. What role does misuse play in federal consumer product safety regulation? Are there limitations, and what can manufacturers do to mitigate product liability and regulatory exposure? Join Joseph P. Mohorovic, CPSM, Senior Managing Consultant for ESi for a complimentary webinar on the role of misuse in consumer product safety. 
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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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