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Indiana Ruling Bars Plaintiff Damages Expert from Testifying in Trucking Case

In a recent opinion by the Honorable Judge Damon R. Leichty of the Northern District of Indiana, the Court barred expert witness David Gibson from testifying on the decedent’s lost wages in a fatal trucking collision case. Defendants, represented by Johnson & Bell, Ltd., motioned the Court to exclude the notorious economics expert who opined   Continue Reading »

Cook County’s Law Division to Proceed with Jury Trials

The Honorable James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Law Division, recently issued General Administrative Order 21-2 announcing that court proceedings may be conducted in person, remotely or in a hybrid of the two.  Conducting proceedings with all persons physically present is preferred, but judges have discretion to conduct proceedings remotely.   All jury   Continue Reading »

When Plaintiff’s “Double Dip” Effort Fails, He Sues Law Firm. Vera, Sedia Secure Summary Judgment in Favor of the Law Firm in a LegalMal Dispute

Johnson & Bell Attorneys, Carlos A. Vera and Adam J. Sedia, secured summary judgment in a legal malpractice case filed in Cook County based on application of foreign law. Our law firm client represented a New Zealand flight attendant in an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging that he sustained “significant” injuries in an airplane accident that occurred   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Belongia Secure TRO In Michigan Contract Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, wasted little time putting his new Michigan Bar membership to good use.  Mr. Hearn successfully secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of a Johnson & Bell client in a contract dispute taking place in Michigan.  The dispute involves a disagreement as to contract amounts owed and   Continue Reading »

President Biden Announces New COVID-19 Rules for Private Employers Employing More Than 100 Workers

President Biden announced a new plan to vaccinate U.S. workers in an ongoing attempt to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.  Under the new plan, large employers will have to require that their workers get Covid-19 vaccines or undergo at least weekly testing.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to issue an emergency temporary   Continue Reading »

Tammy Wade Discusses Best Practices in Medical Record Documentation

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Health Care practice group member, Tammy L. Wade, CPHRM, recently gave a presentation to the medical staff of a healthcare system regarding best practices in medical record documentation.  Ms. Wade outlined a method of documentation she developed to improve patient safety and quality outcomes.  She discussed the critical impact of   Continue Reading »

Small Business Owners to Get Tax Break

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, notes that on August 27, Illinois Gov. Pritzker signed SB 2531 into law.  The bill allows small business owners across the state the ability to avoid the federal tax cap of $10,000 on their state and local taxes (SALT) deductions. The tax change allows partnerships and S corporations   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Swing Secure Defense Verdict in Indiana Dispute Seeking $3M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, secured a defense verdict in a premises liability case seeking in excess of $3 million in damages.  The five-day jury trial took place in Lake County (Indiana) Superior Court.  In this case, plaintiff claimed that their three-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury as   Continue Reading »

Plaintiff’s Attempt to Enlarge “Damages Pie” Gets Nixed by Court

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, and Associate Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, achieved a dismissal with prejudice for their healthcare client who was sued for consumer fraud under the Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  The Court agreed with defense’s contention that despite plaintiff’s argument that the case involved fraud, it was really a case   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

Johnson & Bell Shareholders John W. Bell, William V. Johnson, Joseph R. Marconi, Robert M. Burke, D. Patterson Gloor, Matthew L. Johnson, and Sharon L. Stanzione have been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. In addition, Monica Burkoth, Julie J. Busch, Margaret A. Connery, Matthew P. D’Avanzo,   Continue Reading »
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