Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in eight new civil cases.  They are:

  • Uldrych v. VHS of Illinois, Inc., Williams v. Board of Review, 2010 WL 743894 (1st Dist., 2010), which involves the question of whether implied indemnity actions are subject to the four-year statute of repose governing actions which “aris[e] out of patient care”;
  • Barber v. American Airlines, Inc., 2010 WL 546359 (1st Dist., 2010), which involves the question of whether and when a defendant’s tender of the relief sought by a class representative prior to class certification moots the action;
  • Lemmenes v. Orland Fire Protection District and Gaffney v. Board of Trustees of the Orland Fire Protection District, 2010 WL 1133028 (Lemmenes) and 397 Ill.App.3d 679 (Gaffney), 2010 (Lemmenes) and 2009 (Gaffney) decisions from the First District, consolidated by the Supreme Court, which involve the question of under what circumstances a firefighter injured while participating in a training exercise “reasonably believes” that he or she is responding to an emergency for purposes of being entitled to continued payment of health insurance premiums for the firefighter and his or her family;
  • Howell v. Dunaway, 924 N.E.2d 1190 (5th Dist. 2010), which involves the issue of whether various hospitals’ statutory liens for services under the Health Care Services Lien Act were properly reduced by a share of attorneys’ fees incurred by the injured parties pursuant to the common fund rule;
  • LaSalle Bank National Association v. Cypress Creek, 398 Ill.App.3d 592 (3rd Dist. 2010), which involves several questions relating to allocation of foreclosure proceeds where both a mortgagee and mechanics’ lien claimants are present;
  • Thompson v. Gordon, 398 Ill.App.3d 538 (2nd Dist. 2009), which involves the question of whether expert witness testimony created genuine issues regarding duty, breach and causation in a negligence action arising from a contract to design a replacement for a bridge deck; and
  • Jablonski v. Ford Motor Company, 398 Ill.App.3d 222 (5th Dist. 2010), which involves several issues respecting whether plaintiffs’ multiple theories of negligence and claim for punitive damages were properly submitted to the jury.

For further details about all eight cases, check Appellate Strategist’s database of civil issues pending at the Illinois Supreme Court.