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Palmer v. Freighlinder, LLC, 1-06-2076

A ruling by the circuit court in a personal injury action granting third-party defendant's motion for good-faith finding and application of Ohio law which resulted in immunity from the lawsuit is reversed where: 1) Illinois has the most significant relationship with the occurrence and the parties; 2) under Illinois law third party defendants are permitted to bring contribution lawsuits against a plaintiff's employer to prevent paying more than its established share of fault for injury; 3) the third-party defendant in the present case is a national company with offices in many states; and 4) the third-party defendant is subject to Illinois contribution laws.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/04/2008
  • Published 06/06/2008


  • Justice CUNNINGHAM delivered the opinion of the court:


  • Appellate Court of Illinois


  • For Appellant:
  • Nancy J. Robinson, James Kirk Perrin, Chicago, for Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Chicago (Peter A. Walsh, of counsel), for Appellee.