Senior Counsel Tom Cronin obtained a defense verdict in favor of his client, a large Chicago real estate management company, in a lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois. The suit alleged breach of contract arising from damages suffered pursuant to the Illinois Condominium Property Act.
Following Court ordered mediation which failed to resolve the case, Tom proceeded to trial and obtained a defense verdict. The trial judge adopted the arguments of the defense that Section 18.4(j) of the Illinois Condominium Property Act provides that among the powers and duties of the association's board of managers, the board is also permitted to have access to each unit from time to time as may be necessary for the maintenance, repair or replacement of any common elements or for making emergency repairs necessary to prevent damage to the common elements or to other units. As a result, judgment was entered in favor of the Defendant.