Ill. Justices Apply Repose Statute To Nonclient's Atty Suit

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 3:49 PM EST) -- The Illinois Supreme Court held Friday that a deadline for suing attorneys should be enforced on nonclients' claims, siding against Evanston Insurance Co. in its dogged fight to recoup its contribution to a nearly $4.9 million settlement of injury suits brought by construction subcontractor employees.

Adopting a broad interpretation of the Illinois statute of repose, a majority of high court justices rejected an intermediate appeals court's holding that the statute of repose applied only to legal malpractice claims brought by an attorney's client.

The Illinois statute...
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