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Bullard v. Barnes

468 N.E.2d 1228 (1984)

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Bullard v. Barnes

Illinois Supreme Court

468 N.E.2d 1228 (1984)

Facts

Scott Bullard, a 17-year-old high school student, was killed in a car accident caused by Bruce Barnes (defendant), who was driving a semitrailer truck for his employer, Livingston County Ready-Mix, Inc. (Livingston) (defendant). Scott’s parents, Robert and Sharon Bullard, brought a wrongful-death action and a survival action against Livingston and Barnes. A jury awarded the Bullards $285,000 for the wrongful-death action and $40,000 for the survival action. On appeal, the appellate court held that the lower court had improperly instructed the jury to consider the Bullards’ loss of the society of their son as a presumption under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. The Bullards appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Underwood, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Clark, J.)

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