Docket No. 103474.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
TERRY E. READY, Special Adm’r of the Estate of Michael P.
Ready, Deceased, Appellant, v. UNITED/GOEDECKE SERVICES,
INC., et al. (United/Goedecke Services, Inc., Appellee).
Opinion filed November 25, 2008.–Modified on denial of
rehearing March 23, 2009.
JUSTICE FREEMAN delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justice Burke concurred in the
judgment and opinion.
Justice Kilbride specially concurred, with opinion.
Justice Garman dissented, with opinion, joined by Justice
Justice Thomas took no part in the decision.
In 2003, following a jury trial, the circuit court of Cook County
entered judgment in favor of plaintiff Terry Ready in a wrongful-death
action stemming from the death of her husband, Michael, in a
workplace accident. The appellate court affirmed in part and reversed
in part and remanded for a new trial, directing that fault for the
accident be reapportioned. 367 Ill. App. 3d 272. We allowed
plaintiff’s petition for leave to appeal. 210 Ill. 2d R. 315. For the