1 East Lake Management and Development Corp. was dismissed from the underlying
lawsuits prior to the filing of the motion for summary judgment at issue here, but the trial court's
ruling addresses its defense obligations.
DECEMBER 28, 2006
HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, ) Appeal from the
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County.
EVEREST INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY, ) No. 04 CH 12241
(U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC, and )
69 W. Washington Management Co., LLC., ) Honorable
) Richard J. Billik,
Defendants-Appellees). ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE CAMPBELL delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant Everest Indemnity Insurance Co. (Everest) appeals an order of the circuit court
of Cook County, granting partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Hartford Fire Insurance
Co. (Hartford) in a declaratory judgment action relating to a series of underlying lawsuits filed
against defendants East Lake Management and Development Corp.,1 U.S. Equities Asset
Management, LLC, and 69 W. Washington Management Co., LLC, following an October 17,
2003, fire at the building located at 69 W. Washington Street in Chicago, Illinois.