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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 »

Johnson & Bell Asks for Mercy

The annual March for Kids fundraising campaign kicked off on a cold spring morning in Chicago.  Several teams of Johnson & Bell attorneys and staff fanned out around Chicago’s Loop to shake the can as part of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls’ annual March for Kids fundraising campaign. Since 1887, Mercy Home has been   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 »

Burke, Linneman Secure Verdict for Plaintiff in Pro Bono Employment Dispute with FEMA

Four years ago, Robert M. Burke was appointed by the federal court to represent the plaintiff in a pro bono lawsuit against her former employer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for failure to accommodate her cognitive learning disability. After wading through EEOC proceedings and written discovery, and deposing a number of federal employees, Mr.   Continue Reading »

Gainer Secures “Soft Landing” in FELA Case After Plaintiff Sought $1.8M for Injured Wrist

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, secured a favorable outcome for his public transit client. While the plaintiff sought $1.8 million in damages and the jury ultimately ruled in his favor, the jury awarded only $195,000 in damages.  In this case, the plaintiff, a conductor at a public transit agency, claimed to trip, fall   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri, Margulis Secure Dismissal in Heated Legal Malpractice Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Rory L. Margulis, secured dismissal of a legal malpractice lawsuit filed against their client as a result of post-decree divorce litigation.  In this legal malpractice dispute, Johnson & Bell’s client represented the plaintiff in post-decree litigation, trying to resolve disputes after the divorce had been granted. The   Continue Reading »

In Wrongful Death Case, Stanzione, Kus Secure Directed Verdict in Favor of Hospital

After more than two weeks of trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, and Associate Attorney, Alan M. Kus, obtained a directed verdict in favor of their hospital client. The case originally featured 17 different defendants, and ultimately went to trial against four co-defendant physicians and the hospital. Plaintiff alleged that her husband went   Continue Reading »

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Workforce Privacy Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to protect privacy of workers. The final rule eliminates the requirements for establishments with more than 250 employees to submit information electronically from OSHA forms 300 and 301 to OSHA each year. This rule will better protect personally identifiable information or data that   Continue Reading »

Transportation Litigator, Michael Linneman, to Attend Regional ALFA Seminar in St. Louis

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Michael J. Linneman, will be attending the AFLA International Transportation Regional Seminar in St. Louis, MO. This seminar will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Busch Stadium Conference Center. Topics that will be discussed during this seminar include commercial transportation litigation, implications of medical marijuana legislation in the employment   Continue Reading »

Gutowski Secures Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Case Seeking $3M from Two Police Officers

Johnson & Bell Attorney, Monica Gutowski, obtained summary judgment in favor of two police officers accused of excessive force and wrongful death. The plaintiff, the mother of a man shot and killed by police, filed a Civil Rights lawsuit alleging that on August 29, 2015, the officers shot her son in a manner that constituted an   Continue Reading »
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