• Illinois Spoliation of Evidence Law -- A Comprehensive Explanation
  • March 14, 2018 | Authors: Robert J. Comfort; Robert M. Burke
  • Law Firm: Johnson & Bell, Ltd. - Chicago Office
  • Illinois law does not recognize a separate and independent tort for spoliation of evidence. Dardeen v. Kuehling, 213 Ill. 2d 329, 821 N.E.2d 227 (2004); Boyd v. Travelers Ins. Co., 166 Ill. 2d 188, 652 N.E.2d 267 (1995). In Boyd, the seminal Illinois Supreme Court decision addressing spoliation of evidence, the court recognized that a claim for negligent spoliation of evidence could be brought under existing negligence principles. 166 Ill. 2d at 192-93, 652 N.E. 2d at 270. Subsequent Illinois decisions have declined to extend Boyd to allow claims for intentional or fraudulent spoliation of evidence. Orrv. Knapheide Mfg. Co., No. 10-CV-1123, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125348, at *5-10 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 26, 2010); Dardeen, 213 Ill. 2d at 335-36, 821 N.E.2d at 231; Cangemi v. Advocate South Suburb. Hosp., 364 Ill. App. 3d 446, 471-72, 845 N.E.2d 792, 814-15 (1st Dist. 2006).