January 25, 2008
TILLIE MORRIS and JOE MORRIS, ))
Plaintiffs-Appellees, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
v. ) Cook County
HALSEY ENTERPRISES COMPANY, LTD., a )
Taiwanese Corporation, ))
Defendant-Appellant ) Jeffrey Lawrence,
) Judge Presiding.
(Hunter Fan Company, an Illinois Corporation, d/b/a )
Casablanca Fan Company, )
JUSTICE O’MARA FROSSARD delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiffs Tillie and Joe Morris filed a lawsuit to recover damages allegedly caused by a
defective ceiling fan designed and manufactured by defendants Hunter Fan Company, an Illinois
corporation, d/b/a Casablanca Fan Company (Casablanca), and Halsey Enterprises Company,
Ltd., a Taiwanese corporation (Halsey). In response, Halsey filed a motion to quash service and
dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The trial court denied the motion, and Halsey filed a
petition for leave to appeal pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 306(a)(3). 210 Ill. 2d R. 306(a)(3).
This court initially denied Halsey’s petition, but the supreme court subsequently entered a
supervisory order directing this court to vacate our decision and grant Halsey leave to appeal.