Here are some fundamental lessons for practitioners from a recent First District Illinois retaliatory discharge case: (1) Make sure your post-trial motions are sufficiently detailed and specific enough to give the trial court a chance to correct its errors. (2) If you are challenging jury instructions, you’ll need the transcript of the jury instruction conference. (3) Just making a post-trial motion on the admission of evidence isn’t good enough to preserve your appeal. You must also object to the evidence at trial.
You can read about the employee’s difficulties on appeal in Webber v. Wight & Company, No. 1-04-1622 (11/9/06), by clicking here.