Legal Memorandum: Failure to cite to authority in support of an argument forfeits the case

Issue: Under Illinois law, what impact does the failure of a party to cite authority in support of an argument have on the party’s argument?

Area of Law: Litigation Practice & Procedure, Litigation Practice and Procedure
Keywords: ; Cite; Authority; Impact; Argument; Forfeit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2016

It is well settled that the failure to cite authority in support of an argument results in its forfeiture. In re Estate of Bitoy, 395 Ill. App. 3d 262, 280 (2009); Kensington’s Wine Auctioneers and Brokers, Inc. v. John Hart Fine Wine, Ltd., 392 Ill. App. 3d 1, 10 (2009); Fortech, L.L.C. v. R.W. Dunteman Co., Inc., 366 Ill. App. 3d 804, 818 (2006).

In re M.B.E., No. 3-15-0392, 2016.IL.0000230 (Ill. Ct. App. Feb. 2, 2016) (VersusLaw).

Date: March 1, 2016

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