Illinois Coverage Litigations Beware! Attorney’s Failure to Properly Investigate Results in Severe Sanctions
March 10, 2017
| Agents of America
Further, the Appellate Court rejected AACC’s argument that because it offered to pay Krebs the full $10,000 it was excused from its failure to tell the court of Alcauter’s incarceration.
This judgment is important for Illinois coverage litigators, as it illuminates the burden each practitioner has to fully investigate the merits of his/her pleadings and papers submitted to the court. This judgment also reminds that attorneys have a duty to inform the court that a claim is not well-grounded in fact even if the parties are not scheduled to appear in court for a time — it is incumbent upon the attorneys to speak up.