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09/15/89 J. Eck & Son, Inc., v. the Reuben H. Donnelley

September 15, 1989

J. ECK & SON, INC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT

v.

THE REUBEN H. DONNELLEY CORPORATION, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FIRST DISTRICT, FIFTH DIVISION

545 N.E.2d 170, 188 Ill. App. 3d 1090, 136 Ill. Dec. 646 1989.IL.1425

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. Edwin M. Berman, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE LORENZ delivered the opinion of the court. MURRAY, P.J., and COCCIA, J., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE LORENZ

Plaintiff appeals from the dismissal of count II of its amended complaint for failure to state a cause of action. We address the issue of whether plaintiff has appealed from a final order and dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

Count II of plaintiff's amended complaint attempted to state a cause of action against defendant for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Defendant moved to dismiss count II of plaintiff's amended complaint for failure to state a cause of action pursuant to section 2-615 of the Code of Civil Procedure (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 110, par. 2-615).

On November 5, 1984, the trial court entered an order striking count II of the amended complaint and granting plaintiff leave to amend. Plaintiff did not amend count II of its complaint.

Subsequently, on February 6, 1987, the trial court entered an agreed order stating the following:

"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. Count I of the plaintiff's Amended Complaint is dismissed, without prejudice, each party to pay its respective costs and fees; and

2. The counterplaintiff's counterclaim is dismissed, without prejudice, each party to pay its respective costs and fees.

3. If a notice of appeal is filed by the plaintiff within thirty (30) days of the entry of this order, then the time which elapses between the date of the filing of the original complaint and the final Disposition of the appeal may not be used by the defendant in the event that any of the claims asserted in Count I of the Amended Complaint are re-filed by the plaintiff. If the claim asserted in Count I of the Amended Complaint is not refiled by the plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the return of the mandate by the Appellate Court to this court, then Count I will be dismissed with prejudice and cannot be re-filed.

4. If a notice of appeal is not filed by plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the entry of this order, then each count of the Amended Complaint shall be deemed dismissed with prejudice and the defendant may thereafter re-file its counterclaim at any time within one (1) year after the entry of this order. In that event, plaintiff may neither assert any of the matters set forth in any of Counts I through IV of the Amended Complaint as either a defense, set-off, recoupment or counterclaim to such claim, nor use as a basis for defense the time elapsed between the original filing of the counterclaim and the re-filing of the counterclaim. If a notice of appeal is timely filed by the plaintiff, then, upon final Disposition of that appeal, defendant may re-file its counterclaim within one (1) year after the return of the mandate from ...


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