Illinois Supreme Court: Settled Defendants Can Be Relevant to Sole Proximate Cause Defense


In Illinois, as in many states, a defendant can't include settled defendants on the verdict form, seeking an apportionment of fault.

So is there a way to make a settled defendant's conduct admissible?

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court answered "yes."

Ready v. United/Goedecke Services arose from the death a construction worker in an accident at a power plant. The decedent's administrator sued the general contractor and the scaffolding subcontractor, and the defendants cross-claimed against the decedent's employer. The administrator settled with the general contractor and the employer, and went to trial against the subcontractor.

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