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Court of Appeals Agrees That Client Was Owed A Defense From His Insurance Company

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2015

Contact: Craig M. Sandberg, 312.263.7249,

Chicago, IL – A panel of justices in the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, agreed with Craig M. Sandberg that the circuit court correctly found that Country Mutual Insurance Company ("CMIC") owed his client ("the insured") a defense and, in doing so, breached that duty to its insured. Further, the panel agreed with Mr. Sandberg that the duty to defend arose when the underlying lawsuit (alleging a covered claim) was filed (October 9, 2012) and not, as the circuit court incorrectly concluded, when its insured alleged an affirmative defense of self-defense (October 31, 2013).

WHAT: Rule 23 order in Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Dahms, 2015 IL App (1st) 141392-U.

WHO: The law firm of Muslin & Sandberg represented the plaintiff on appeal in the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District.

WHERE: Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Fourth Division, 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601

To view a PDF of the Court's Order, please click here: Country Mut'l Ins. Co. v. Dahms and Enadeghe.2015 IL App (1st) 141392-U

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