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Supreme Court: Lawsuit over Benld School Filed Too Late

Supreme Court: Lawsuit over Benld School Filed Too Late

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The Illinois Supreme Court says the Gillespie school district can’t sue an architectural firm for building a school over an underground coal mine that later collapsed, causing the school to be torn down.

In a unanimous decision, justices ruled the district’s “fraudulent representation” claims against Wight & Company came after a statute of limitations passed.

The elementary school in Benld (ben-ELD’) was built in 2002. It closed in 2009 after being damaged and declared unsafe because of mine subsidence, which occurs when land moves or sinks because of a collapsed underground mine. Justices say the district’s 2010 suit was filed too late. That upholds decisions by lower courts.

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