No. 1-06-0701 FIRST DIVISION
ELLEN K. EMERY, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
) No. 05 L 5525
NORTHEAST ILLINOIS REGIONAL )
TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, d/b/a )
METRA, ) Honorable
) Joan Larsen,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE ROBERT E. GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiff, Ellen Emery, an attorney, sued her employer, defendant Northeast Illinois
Regional Transportation Company (Metra), for injuries sustained when she tripped and fell over a
light socket in defendant’s office. In an order dated February 17, 2006, the circuit court of Cook
County held defendant in contempt for its failure to produce documents which defendant claimed
were privileged, and this appeal followed. For the following reasons, we vacate the contempt
order and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Plaintiff was employed as the associate general counsel of litigation for defendant on July
1, 1999, when she tripped and fell over a light socket in defendant’s Chicago office and injured
On appeal, the record does not contain the trial court’s order directing the defendant to