Griffin, Goldstein and Appellate Team Secure Another Client Victory in Car Leasing Dispute
In an order issued on March 24, Hugh Griffin
, Jake Goldstein
and their appellate team secured another win for their client, a car leasing company, in the First District Court of Appeals (Illinois).
The Defendant in this case leased a car to the co-defendant, who allegedly allowed his boss to drive the car. The boss’s boyfriend then drove the car while intoxicated and was involved in a car crash that killed him and the woman driving the other car, the Plaintiff. The question presented was whether either the rental-car or co-defendant could be held liable to plaintiff's estate under a theory of negligent entrustment.
The trial court dismissed the claims against the car leasing company and co-defendant, finding that the actions of the intoxicated driver were not foreseeable to defendants as a matter of law.
On appeal, the Appellate Court agreed and affirmed the state court order granting defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s 3rd amended complaint.