September 30, 2011
TERRY MARTIN, ARDITH WYNN, AND RICKEY VANOVER, PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
KEELEY & SONS, INC., DEFENDANT-APPELLEE,
EGYPTIAN CONCRETE COMPANY AND ALLEN HENDERSON & ASSOCIATES, INC.,
Appeal from the Circuit Court of St. Clair County. No. 02-L-357 Honorable Michael J. O'Malley, Judge, presiding.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Justice Wexstten
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JUSTICE WEXSTTEN delivered the judgment of the court, with opinion. Presiding Justice Chapman concurred in the judgment and opinion. Justice Spomer dissented, with opinion.
¶ 1 The circuit court of St. Clair County entered summary judgment in favor of the appellee on the appellants' spoliation-of-evidence claims. For the reasons that follow, we reverse and remand for further proceedings.
¶ 2 BACKGROUND
¶ 3 On May 29, 2001, while installing a handrail on a bridge that defendant Keeley & Sons, Inc. (Keeley), was reconstructing pursuant to a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the plaintiffs, Terry Martin, Ardith Wynn, and Rickey Vanover,
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