Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,400+ case briefs...

Berlin v. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

Supreme Court of Illinois
688 N.E.2d 106 (Ill. 1997)


Dr. Richard Berlin, Jr. (plaintiff) entered into a written agreement with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (Health Center) (defendant) whereby the nonprofit hospital-corporation would employ Berlin as a practicing physician for a five-year term. The agreement contained a restrictive covenant that prohibited Berlin from providing health services within a 50-mile radius of the Health Center for two years after the end of his employment contract. After Berlin resigned from the Health Center, he began working for a health clinic approximately one mile from the Health Center. The Health Center filed an action seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Berlin from practicing at the clinic. Berlin then filed a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that the restrictive covenant was unenforceable and filed a supporting motion for summary judgment. The trial court granted Berlin’s summary judgment motion on the basis that the nonprofit hospital was practicing medicine in violation of the corporation practice of medicine doctrine. Thus, the court concluded, Berlin’s entire agreement with the Health Center was unenforceable. The appellate court affirmed, and the Health Center petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court to review the matter.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Nickels, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 497,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 497,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,400 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial