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How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Karmeier has participated in 63 civil cases since taking his seat primarily involving constitutional law issues.  He has voted for defendants 36 times, and against defendants in 27 cases.  Between 2005 and 2012, he voted for defendants in 25 cases and against them in only 8.  Since that time, he has voted for defendants … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Thomas has participated in 81 civil cases primarily involving constitutional law issues.  He has supported the defendant in 49 cases and has voted against defendants 32 times.  Between 2001 and 2012, he supported defendants in 35 such cases while voting against defendants 16 times.  Since that time, he has voted for defendants 14 times … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Kilbride Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Kilbride has participated in 85 constitutional law cases since taking his seat on the Court.  He has supported defendants’ position, at least in part, in 50 cases while supporting plaintiffs in 35 cases.  He supported defendants in 24 cases between 2001 and 2006 while voting for plaintiffs in 10 cases.  Between 2007 and 2015, … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Garman Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Today, we’re beginning our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in civil constitutional law cases. Justice Garman has participated in 84 civil constitutional law cases during her tenure, voting for the defendant, at least in part, in 51 cases and for the plaintiff 33 times.  She supported defendants in 10 of 12 cases in … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases Between 2010 and 2019?

Between 2010 and 2019, defendants in civil constitutional law cases at the Supreme Court split results almost evenly, winning 21 cases while losing 19.  Between 2010 and 2014, defendants won 13 of 16 games.  Since 2015, defendants have won eight while losing 16. The Court reviewed 18 civil constitutional law cases won by the defendant … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared Before the Supreme Court Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Between 2000 and 2009, defendants in civil cases involving constitutional law issues won 28 cases while losing only 16.  Defendants were 5-1 in 2001, 4-0 in 2005, 4-1 in 2006 and 6-2 in 2008. Defendants were a good bit more successful in this decade at defending their Appellate Court wins than they had been in … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared at the Supreme Court Since 1990?

This week, we’re beginning a new area of law in our ongoing study of the individual Justices’ voting records – constitutional law cases.  First up, we’ll review defendants’ overall won-loss record, one decade at a time, and then look at the data in terms of defendants’ wins from the Appellate Court which were affirmed at … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Garman Voted in Tort Cases?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Court’s thirty year record in civil tort cases – defendants’ overall won-loss records, the frequency with which the Court affirms (or reverses) defendants’ wins from the Appellate Court, and the frequency with which the Court reverses (or affirms) decisions lost by defendants below. Now let’s take … Continue Reading

How Did Tort Defendants Fare Before the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

Today, we’re beginning our review of voting records for a new area of law – tort.  Today and next week, we’ll be working our way through the data showing how tort defendants have fared at the Appellate Court since 1990: total wins and losses; wins from the Appellate Court affirmed (and reversed); and losses from … Continue Reading

How Did Justices Theis and Neville Vote in Cases Involving Insurer Parties?

Today, because insurer cases have been comparatively uncommon in recent years, we’re reviewing our final two sets of Justices’ voting records in a single post.  First, Justice Theis. Since joining the Court, Justice Theis has participated in ten civil cases involving insurers as named parties, supporting the insurers in six of those cases and voting … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

We continue our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in insurance law cases with Chief Justice Burke. During her tenure, the Chief Justice has sat on 24 civil cases involving insurer parties. She has split her votes down the middle: 12 votes for the insurer, 12 votes against. Those totals hold even when we … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we’re continuing our seven-part post analyzing the individual Justices’ voting records in civil cases involving insurer parties. Justice Karmeier joined the Court in 2005. Since that time, he has supported the insurer’s position in 18 civil cases, while opposing the insurer in 14 cases. From 2005 to 2008, he voted for insurers in 11 … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Thomas Vote in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we address the voting record of Justice Thomas throughout his entire tenure on the Court in civil cases involving an insurer party. Since 2001, Justice Thomas has voted for insurers’ position in 23 civil cases while voting against insurers 20 times. From 2001 to 2010, Justice Thomas voted for insurers 18 times to 15 … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Garman Voted in Insurance Law Cases?

Today, we begin a seven-post series, reviewing how each Justice has voted in insurer cases overall. First up is the Court’s senior Justice, Justice Rita Garman. In our first table, we report Justice Garman’s votes for and against insurer parties in civil insurance law cases. Since 2001, Justice Garman has voted for insurers in twenty-three … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court Between 2000 and 2009?

We continue our review of the how insurers have fared at the Supreme Court, this time reviewing the years 2000 to 2009. For the decade, insurers did reasonably well, winning nineteen cases while losing fourteen. Between 2005 and 2008, insurers won eleven cases while losing only five. As we saw last time, defending wins from … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court in the 1990s?

Today we’re beginning a multi-part post, emphasizing how the insurance industry has fared over the past thirty years at the Illinois Supreme Court. Later this week, we’ll begin a similar series over at the California Supreme Court Review. First, we report the most basic number of all – insurer parties’ won-lost record at the Supreme … Continue Reading
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