On December 14, 2011, the circuit court denied Baker’s motion for summary judgment without prejudice.
Attached as an exhibit was a copy of the certificate of merger of Baker into Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, executed December 22, 2011, effective January 1, 2012.
“(a) Change of interest or liability. If by reason of marriage, bankruptcy, assignment, or any other event occurring after the commencement of a cause or proceeding, either before or after judgment, causing a change or transmission of interest or liability, or by reason of any person interested coming into existence after commencement of the action, it becomes necessary or desirable that any person not already a party be before the court, or that any person already a party be made party in another capacity, the action does not abate, but on motion an order may be entered that the proper parties be substituted or added, and that the cause or proceeding be carried on with the remaining parties and new parties, with or without a change in the title of the cause. (Emphasis added.) 735 ILCS 5/2–1008(a) (West 2014).