Illinois Supreme Court Will Hear Five Civil Cases During January Term


The Illinois Supreme Court has posted its docket for the impending January term, and the Court will hear argument in five civil cases.

The civil portion of the Court’s docket begins during the 9:00 a.m. session on Wednesday, January 16 with McFatridge v. Madigan. McFatridge, which we previewed here, involves a dispute between a former State’s Attorney and the State over liability for the plaintiff’s attorneys fees incurred when he was sued for malicious prosecution. The question turns on the interpretation of the Illinois State Employee Indemnification Act. 5 ILCS 350/2(b)

Russell v. SNFA, which will be argued during the 9:00 a.m. session on Wednesday, January 23, raises questions of general and specific jurisdiction over a French-based manufacturer of custom-made aerospace bearings and helicopter tail-rotor bearings. Our preview of Russell is hereRussell presents the Supreme Court with its first opportunity to squarely apply J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, the United States Supreme Court’s landmark 2011 decision on the limits to jurisdiction over foreign-based manufacturers.

DeHart v. DeHart, which we previewed here, presents interesting issues of both wills & estates law and adoption law. The plaintiff’s challenge to the testamentary capacity is based upon the decedent’s statement in his will that he had no children. Was that sufficient grounds to take the challenge before a jury? The case also involves issues of when a jury may permissibly infer the existence of an enforceable contract to adopt, and whether Illinois should recognize the theory of adoption by equitable estoppel.

We’ll post our previews of the Court’s remaining two civil cases, VC&M, Ltd. v. Andrews and Gruszeczka v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, both of which will be argued during the 9:00 a.m. session on Thursday, January 24th, shortly.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Sedgwick LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Sedgwick LLP on:

Popular Topics
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.