MAY 25, 2007
NEW LIGHT CEMETERY ASSOCIATION, )
an Illinois Not-For-Profit Corporation, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellant, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 06 CH 2458
CAROLYN BAUMHARDT, )
RICHARD HOFFMAN, and ) The Honorable
R. HOFFMAN & SONS, INC., ) Sophia Hall,
an Illinois Corporation, ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE TULLY delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a hearing, the circuit court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by
plaintiff-appellant, New Light Cemetery Association (New Light Cemetery), and granted a motion
for a directed finding filed by defendants-appellees, Carolyn Baumhardt, Richard Hoffman, and R.
Hoffman & Sons, Inc. (R. Hoffman & Sons). New Light Cemetery's motion for a preliminary
injunction sought to recover cemetery-related records that were maintained by R. Hoffman &
Sons and its employees during the time that they served as New Light Cemetery's caretaker and
that were taken from the cemetery by R. Hoffman & Sons when it resigned as the cemetery's
caretakers in January 2006. On appeal, New Light Cemetery asserts that the circuit court erred
when it denied New Light Cemetery's motion for a preliminary injunction and granted R. Hoffman
& Sons' motion for a directed finding because New Light Cemetery satisfied all of