Vol. 3 No. 2, Spring 2012; Illinois Supreme Court: Overturn Thompson v. Gordon and Protect Design Professionals from Unbargained-For, Extra-Contractual Obligations
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This Note addresses how Illinois courts conduct contract interpretation and define the scope of contractual duties for design professionals. It discusses how the appellate court in Thompson v. Gordon improperly interpreted the contract in question, and how the court incorrectly followed applicable Illinois precedent when defining the scope of contractual duties for an engineer. It addresses the short- and long-term practical impacts of the Thompson decision, and also addresses a number of policy considerations associated with the majority’s ruling. In sum, this Note advocates that it was necessary for the Illinois Supreme Court to overturn the Thompson decision.