Appellate Court reversed trial court

The Appellate Court reversed the trial court and found that the insured had an insurable interest in the house even though the court found that the transaction was an equitable mortgage. The decision was a rule 23 one. http://www.state.il.us/court/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2011/1stDistrict/1103026_R23.pdf Above is a copy of the decision. Keil Larson


Appellate Argument

Appellate Argument on a case I argued on November 22, 2011. This argument last 90 minutes. This is a lot more time than normal. I was pleased that the Justices understood the facts and devoted this much of their busy day to this matter. Here is the link. http://www.state.il.us/court/Media/Appellate/1st_District.asp The case was Tatum vs Allstate…



The right for someone to use another’s property. In discussing these matters, lawyers have developed fancy words to describe the two land owners. The burdened property owner–i.e. Peter– is normally called the servient owner and the one person who benefits from the easement is called the dominant owner. Most easements are written but some are…


Home Defects

Bought a Home With Defects? Who’s Responsible? Shortly after moving into a new home you discovered your dream home is now a nightmare.  There is water leaking from the roof, seeping in from the foundations, cracks in the foundation causing the floor to lean, mechanical systems not working, termites chewing the wood, etc.  You call…


7th Circuit Rules that Management Companies are not debt collectors

In a recent decision, the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that management companies that collect rent for an owner are not debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Act. For this opinion read: Carter v AMC LLC Normally an owner hires a mangement company to manage its property and collect the…