Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Five Civil Cases In May


On Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its oral argument calendar for the May term, and it includes arguments in five civil cases. The cases, with the questions presented in each, are:

Wednesday, May 15:

  • Relf v. Shatayeva, No. 114925 - Where a plaintiff files suit, unaware that defendant had died more than six months earlier, may the plaintiff substitute the defendant's personal representative, or is the action barred? Our detailed summary of the facts and Appellate Court opinion in Relf is here.

Thursday, May 16:

  • Evanston Insurance Co. v. Riseborough, No. 114271 - Does the statute of repose for actions against attorneys “arising out of an act or omission in the performance of professional services” apply only to actions for professional negligence brought by a former client of the attorney? Our detailed summary of the facts and Appellate Court opinion in Evanston Insurance is here.

Wednesday, May 22:

  • The Board of Education of Peoria School Dist. No. 150 v. The Peoria Federation of Support Staff, Security/Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Unit No. 114, No. 114853 -- (1) Are the 2010 amendments to the Public Labor Relations Act unconstitutional special legislation? (2) Are plaintiff's negotiations with its security officers governed by the Education Labor Relations Act or the Public Labor Relations Act? Our detailed summary of the facts and Appellate Court opinion in The Board of Education is here.
  • Prazen v. Shoop, No. 115035 – Did the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund exceed its powers by ordering the plaintiff's age enhancement and creditable services pension enhancements forfeited when the company he owned entered into a services contract with his former employer? Our detailed summary of the facts and Appellate Court opinion in Prazen is here.

The final case on the Court’s civil docket for this term is Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Hamer, No. 114496, a direct appeal from the Cook County Circuit Court of that Court’s order granting summary judgment and striking down the state internet “click-through” tax law as a violation of the Commerce Clause. We’ll have much more to say about Performance Marketing in our preview of the argument tomorrow.

Each of the Court’s sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m.


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