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Premises liability

An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a tenant who was raped outside her apartment may sue her landlord for inadequate security. The court found sufficient evidence to allow the plaintiff to pursue the case based on the landlord’s promise of security lighting, the absence of that lighting, and the assailant’s comments that he decided to commit the rape because the apartment grounds were dark.(Bourgonje v. Machev, Illinois Court of Appeals, No. 1-04-1873, 2005)

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