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People ex rel Madigan v. Hemi Group

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION


December 19, 2008

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, EX REL. LISA MADIGAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
HEMI GROUP, LLC, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jeanne E. Scott, U.S. District Judge

OPINION

This cause is before the Court on Defendant's Motion and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Amend Decision to Add Certification for Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) and to Stay Order Setting Deadline for Filing of Answer or For a Stay of Proceedings (d/e 8). In an Opinion issued October 10, 2008 (d/e 7), the Court denied Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction (d/e 2). The Court found that Defendant's Internet activities provided a basis for specific jurisdiction. The Court's decision involved a controlling question of law on which there are substantial grounds for difference of opinion. Additionally, an immediate appeal may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation. Thus, the Court grants a certificate of appealability on the question of whether it has personal jurisdiction over a defendant that sold cigarettes over the Internet to residents in Illinois and coordinated shipping of the purchased cigarettes to Illinois while specifically refusing to sell or ship to residents of at least one other state.

THEREFORE, Defendant's Motion and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Amend Decision to Add Certification for Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) and to Stay Order Setting Deadline for Filing of Answer or For a Stay of Proceedings (d/e 8) is ALLOWED to the extent that the Court grants a certification for interlocutory appeal and stays the proceedings in this Court pending a decision from the Court of Appeals.

IT IS THEREFORE SO ORDERED.

JEANNE E. SCOTT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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