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Spitzzeri to Address Age Discrimination Class Action Lawsuits at ALFA International Conference

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, will serve as a featured panelist at the AFLA International 2019 Labor and Employment Conference. Mr. Spitzzeri’s panel will discuss the topic, “What in Tarnation? Is that Facebook Recruitment Ad Discriminatory? Employers Facing Age Discrimination Class Actions.” The panel will address issues raised by the plaintiff’s firm, Outten   Continue Reading »

Johnson, Vickrey Secure Verdict for Defense. Plaintiff Sought $800K for Post-Op Hospital Fall

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Matthew L. Johnson, and Associate Attorney, Caroline K. Vickrey, secured a defense verdict for their hospital client in a trial in DuPage County.  Plaintiff sought $800,000 in damages, claiming the hospital, its physical therapists and nurses were negligent in a post-op transfer to a bedside commode.  Plaintiff had undergone a lumbar   Continue Reading »

Stacey Cischke to Welcome 150 Attendees at CHRMS Annual Meeting on April 26

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS) President, Stacey A. Cischke, will be presiding over the CHRMS 2019 Annual Meeting on Friday, April 26. The meeting takes place at the University Club in Chicago, IL, with an anticipated audience of around 150 people. The CHRMS annual meeting will discuss issues such   Continue Reading »

EEOC Resolved 90,000 Discrimination Charges; Collected $505M in Fines in 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a detailed breakdown for the 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination they received in the 2018 fiscal year.  The 2018 fiscal year showed that retaliation remains the most frequently filed charge filed with the agency, followed by sex, disability and race. The EEOC also received 7,609 sexual harassment   Continue Reading »

Kevin Owens Authors Illinois Section of DRI 50 State Product Liability Compendium

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Kevin G. Owens, recently authored the Illinois section of a 50-state product liability compendium published by the Defense Research Institute (DRI),  Product Liability Compendium: Warnings, Instructions and Recalls.   This compendium presents summaries of the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, emphasizing two of the most important theories in   Continue Reading »

They’re Getting the “Band” Back Together

(Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series of profiles providing a look at the interesting or entertaining aspects of our attorneys’ lives.) The concept worked for a notorious Chicago blues band in 1980.  Thirty-nine years later, a quartet of former Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASAs) who cut their trial teeth at the intersection of   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri, Lukowicz Secure Dismissal in Employment Discrimination Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, and Associate, Amber N. Lukowicz, secured a dismissal of employment discrimination claims made against a healthcare IT startup.  In her Charge, the Complainant alleged claims of racial discrimination and retaliation.  Complainant alleged as project manager at the company, she was subjected to racial harassment and discrimination in violation   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Names Officers for 2019

Johnson & Bell’s Board of Directors recently selected this year’s slate of officers, including: Joseph R. Marconi, President John A. Childers, Vice President Robert M. Burke, Vice President Matthew L. Johnson, Vice President Sammi L. Renken, Vice President Brian C. Fetzer, Co-Treasurer Brian P. Gainer, Co-Treasurer Joseph F. Spitzzeri, Secretary These individuals have demonstrated strong   Continue Reading »

Latent Injury Cases Receive New Life as Tort Cases, Leaving Many Companies Facing Limited Insurance Coverage Options

The Illinois House and Senate have passed SB 1596 and sent it to Governor Pritzker for signature (download PDF here). We believe it is unlikely the Governor will veto this bill. SB 1596 amends the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Diseases Act to remove the Act as the exclusive remedy where recovery under the   Continue Reading »

Velez to Attend Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Conference

Johnson & Bell Associate, Jessica K. Velez, will be attending the 2019 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference and Moot Court Competition. The conference will take place on March 20-23, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This annual event allows Corporate America and the HNBA to connect, offering opportunities for outside counsel to meet representatives   Continue Reading »
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