No. 2--06--1120 Filed: 9-20-07
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
RESURGENCE FINANCIAL, LLC, ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
) of Lake County.
v. ) No. 05--AR--2714
JOAN KELLY, a/k/a Joan Leyhane Kelly, )
a/k/a Joan Leyhane, ))
(Byron Kelly, a/k/a William Byron Kelly, ) Mary S. Schostok,
Defendant). ) Judge, Presiding.
JUSTICE McLAREN delivered the opinion of the court:
Joan Kelly (Kelly) appeals the trial court's denial of her motion for attorney fees under section
1(b) of the Credit Card Liability Act (815 ILCS 145/1(b) (West 2004)). That section allows a
defendant to recover fees when a judgment is issued in his or her favor. The trial court allowed the
plaintiff, Resurgence Financial, LLC, to withdraw its complaint without prejudice, and the parties
agree that Resurgence can still refile the action. On appeal, Kelly argues that the initial complaint
lacked a factual and legal basis, entitling her to fees under section 1(b). We dismiss the appeal.
On December 30, 2005, Resurgence filed a complaint alleging that it was an assignee of
MBNA Credit Company and that Kelly owed $23,679 in unpaid charges. On March 22, 2006,