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Summers v. Smart (John J. Tharp, Jr., and John Robert Blakey, N.D. Ill. 1:14-cv-5398) and Tripp v. Smart (Michael J. Reagan, S.D. Ill. 3:14-cv-890)
After failing to obtain enough signatures to appear on the 2014 general election ballot, a minor party filed a federal complaint in the Northern District of Illinois challenging ballot signature requirements for new parties. The district judge denied the party immediate relief, because the party had met the constitutionally suspect criteria. A district judge similarly denied immediate relief in a Southern District case. A new judge in the Northern District later dismissed the case there as precluded by an earlier result in state court. The federal court of appeals later concluded that the ballot access requirements were constitutional.
Subject: Getting on the ballot. Topics: Getting on the ballot; laches; recusal; case assignment; matters for state courts.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Chatman v. Delaney (Clifford J. Proud, S.D. Ill. 3:09-cv-259)
Voters filed a federal complaint because of notices they received that their voter registrations might be canceled before an April 7, 2009, election and absentee ballots they might have cast might not be counted. The county had identified the voters’ village as one with a high rate of voter fraud, so it sent registration challenge letters to 558 of its residents. The parties consented to a decision by a magistrate judge who was available and local; the assigned district judge was 110 miles away. The case was resolved by a consent order issued after a conference with the judge.
Topics: Registration challenges; case assignment.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Chief Judge J. Phil Gilbert transmits the 1995 annual Civil Justice Reform Act assessment for the Southern District of Illinois to all Chief U.S. District Judges of the 7th Circuit. Assessment was originally published December, 1995.

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The Federal Judicial Center review and summary of the Civil Justice Reform Act plan and report for the Northern District of Illinois

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A pamphlet for litigants and lawyers advising them of ADR techniques and procedures

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Linda Casey forwards an analysis of the features of district cost and delay reduction plans for 22 districts

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Abel J. Mattos updates Mark D. Shapiro on the progress and recommendations of each Circuit Review Committee regarding Civil Justice Expense and Delay Reduction Plan

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Clerk of the Court Stuart J. O'Hare transmits a chart of CJRA Case Tracking to Abel J. Mattos of the Administrative Office

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This issue contains an article on mandatory disclosure as it relates to CJRA district plans, and an article on CJRA workshops for attorneys to be held in the Southern District of Illinois

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A table highlighting the different features of the Early Implementation District plans

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