Legal Memorandum: Granting of a directed verdict’s standard of review is de novo

Issue: Under Illinois law, what is the standard of review applied to the grant of a directed verdict on appeal?

Area of Law: Litigation Practice & Procedure, Litigation Practice and Procedure
Keywords: ; Standard of Review; Directed; Verdict; Evidence; Judgement; De Novo
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2016

The granting of a directed verdict is reviewed de novo. Sullivan, 209 Ill.2d at 112. We will view the evidence in a light most favorable to plaintiff and we will only affirm such a ruling if the evidence so overwhelmingly favors the defendant movant that no contrary judgment on the evidence could ever stand. Id. at 123; Pedrick v. Peoria & Eastern R.R. Co., 37 Ill.2d 494, 510 (1967).

Lee v. Palmore, 2016.IL.133130-U (Ill. App. Dist. 1 2016) (not precedential).

Date: March 1, 2016

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