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This appeal arises from the July 23, 2009 order of the circuit court of Cook County, which

granted a motion for a good-faith finding that a settlement agreement entered into between one of

the plaintiffs, Elliott Cellini (Cellini), and one of the defendants, Village of Buffalo Grove (Buffalo

Grove), was “made and entered into in good-faith within the meaning of the [Joint Tortfeasor]

Contribution Act.”2 740 ILCS 100/1 et seq. (West 2006). The July 23, 2009 order also dismissed

all claims against Buffalo Grove, including a “counterclaim for contribution” filedby the defendants

U-Haul Company of Illinois, Inc., U-Haul Companyof Arizona, U-Haul International,Inc., Amerco,

and Amerco Real Estate Company (collectively, the U-Haul entities). On appeal, the U-Haul

entities’ sole argument is that the circuit court abused its discretion in granting Buffalo Grove’s

motion for a good-faith finding and in dismissing all claims against Buffalo Grove without holding

an evidentiary hearing. For the following reasons, we affirm the judgment of the circuit court of

Cook County.

BACKGROUND

On July 22, 2006, Ralph Lewis (Lewis) rented a truck from a U-Haul truck rental center in

Markham, Illinois, by producing a fraudulent driver’s license which identified him as “Taylor

Thode.” On July 23, 2006, Lewis, along with his friend, Cordello Webb (Webb), drove the U-Haul

truck to the Village of Gurnee (Gurnee). While in Gurnee, Lewis and Webb visited a shopping

center and met Daysha Freeman (Freeman), who was employed at a cellular telephone kiosk.

2In the July 23, 2009 order, the circuit court also found that Buffalo Grove’s settlement agreements with the Forshalls and Edward Diamond (Diamond) were also entered into in good- faith. However, this appeal pertains only to the settlement agreement entered into between Cellini and Buffalo Grove.

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