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State's supreme court to hear case involving local dealer

November 23, 2010
A dealer facing a lawsuit from a customer offers a settlement amount that the customer rejects. When the case proceeds to trial, the judge orders damages against the dealer that are less than the dealer's pretrial offer. In a case that will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court, the customer in that scenario would be liable for the dealer's attorney fees. The CATA and the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association are helping to fund the court action. The case would discourage aggressive attorneys from churning cases in order to escalate their fees, without good-faith efforts to settle cases.
 

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