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SB1974 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


 


 
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
SB1974

 

Introduced 2/10/2011, by Sen. Kirk W. Dillard

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
735 ILCS 5/2-1117  from Ch. 110, par. 2-1117
740 ILCS 100/3  from Ch. 70, par. 303
740 ILCS 100/4 rep.

    Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Deletes language regarding joint and several liability in actions on account of bodily injury or death or physical damage to property, based on negligence, or product liability based on strict tort liability, and adds language providing that: in actions for bodily injury or death or physical damage to property based on negligence or product liability based on strict tort liability in which recovery is predicated upon fault, each defendant found liable is liable for only that percentage of the plaintiff's damages that represents the contributory fault chargeable to that defendant in the comparison of the plaintiff's fault with the fault of all tortfeasors whose fault was a proximate cause of the death, injury, loss, or damage for which recovery is sought; except when the plaintiff is barred from recovering damages because the plaintiff's contributory fault is more than 50% of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which recovery is sought, the plaintiff is barred from recovering damages from a defendant in excess of the amount of damages obtained by applying the percentage of contributing fault of that defendant to the amount of the plaintiff's damages; and no defendant is jointly and severally liable for plaintiff's damages. Amends the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act by deleting and repealing certain provisions regarding contribution if the obligation of one or more of the joint tortfeasors is uncollectable and a plaintiff's right to recover the full amount of his judgment from any one or more defendants.


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A BILL FOR

 

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1    AN ACT concerning civil law.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The Code of Civil Procedure is amended by
5changing Section 2-1117 as follows:
 
6    (735 ILCS 5/2-1117)  (from Ch. 110, par. 2-1117)
7    Sec. 2-1117. Liability Joint liability. Except as provided
8in Section 2-1118, in actions on account of bodily injury or
9death or physical damage to property, based on negligence, or
10product liability based on strict tort liability in which
11recovery is predicated upon fault, each defendant found liable,
12as determined by the trier of fact, is liable for only that
13percentage of the plaintiff's damages, as determined by the
14trier of fact, that represents the contributory fault
15chargeable to that defendant in the comparison of the
16plaintiff's fault with the fault of all tortfeasors whose fault
17was a proximate cause of the death, injury, loss, or damage for
18which recovery is sought. Except when the plaintiff is barred
19from recovering damages because the trier of fact finds that
20the contributory fault on the part of the plaintiff is more
21than 50% of the proximate cause of the injury or damage for
22which recovery is sought, the plaintiff shall be barred from
23recovering damages from a defendant that is in excess of the

 

 

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1amount of damages obtained by applying the percentage of
2contributing fault of that defendant to the amount of the
3plaintiff's damages, as determined by the trier of fact. No
4defendant shall be jointly and severally liable for plaintiff's
5damages. , all defendants found liable are jointly and severally
6liable for plaintiff's past and future medical and medically
7related expenses. Any defendant whose fault, as determined by
8the trier of fact, is less than 25% of the total fault
9attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the
10plaintiff, and any third party defendant except the plaintiff's
11employer, shall be severally liable for all other damages. Any
12defendant whose fault, as determined by the trier of fact, is
1325% or greater of the total fault attributable to the
14plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third
15party defendants except the plaintiff's employer, shall be
16jointly and severally liable for all other damages.
17(Source: P.A. 93-10, eff. 6-4-03; 93-12, eff. 6-4-03.)
 
18    Section 10. The Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act is
19amended by changing Section 3 as follows:
 
20    (740 ILCS 100/3)  (from Ch. 70, par. 303)
21    Sec. 3. Amount of Contribution. The pro rata share of each
22tortfeasor shall be determined in accordance with his relative
23culpability. However, no person shall be required to contribute
24to one seeking contribution an amount greater than his pro rata

 

 

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1share unless the obligation of one or more of the joint
2tortfeasors is uncollectable. In that event, the remaining
3tortfeasors shall share the unpaid portions of the
4uncollectable obligation in accordance with their pro rata
5liability.
6    If equity requires, the collective liability of some as a
7group shall constitute a single share.
8(Source: P.A. 81-601.)
 
9    (740 ILCS 100/4 rep.)
10    Section 15. The Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act is
11amended by repealing Section 4.