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Presenting Oral Argument to the Illinois Supreme Court

Posted on March 22, 2023 at 12:00 AM by Ann Barron

On March 22, 2023, Heyl Royster's Ann Barron presented an oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court in the case of Cleeton v. SIU Healthcare. The Heyl Royster team successfully challenged the plaintiff's motion to convert a medical provider from a respondent in discovery to a defendant. The circuit court found that the plaintiff had not met her burden of proving probable cause for conversion as set forth in 735 ILCS 5/2-402. The plaintiff appealed, and the Fourth District Appellate Court affirmed the denial of the motion to convert in Cleeton v. SIU Healthcare, 2022 IL App (4th) 210284. The Cleeton case presents the first time the Illinois Supreme Court has considered the Illinois respondents in a discovery statute. Now, we await the decision. Please follow us for more updates.
Ann Barron co-chairs the firm's Appellate practice group and concentrates her practice on civil litigation, including environmental and business-related disputes, medical malpractice litigation, and personal injury defense. Her approach to litigation is to question everything, believing that it is essential to prepare an initial comprehensive evaluation of every case and be realistic from the outset. In more than 15 years of practice in southern Illinois and Missouri, Ann has handled cases in Illinois county courts from Springfield south, all Illinois appellate courts and the Seventh Circuit appreciating each courthouse's unique vibe and interesting history.

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