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Tyler, Politakis Secure Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case Against Indiana Hospital

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen A. Tyler, and Associate Attorney, Angelo P. Politakis, secured a defense verdict in favor of their hospital client after six days of trial.  The case involved an elderly female patient admitted to the hospital for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.  Due to the patient’s risk for stroke, she was   Continue Reading »

Vicarious Liability Issue Earns General Contractor a Defense Under Subcontractor's GL Policy

Johnson & Bell Shareholder William K. McVisk and Associate Attorney, David J. Rock, recently obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of their contractor client in an insurance coverage dispute in the Chancery Division in Cook County. The dispute involved whether the contractor was entitled to a defense under its subcontractor’s general liability insurance policy,   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Appellate Court Rules Hospital’s Internal Quality Control Documents Privileged

In a significant development for the defense bar, the First District Appellate Court overturned a trial court’s decision to deny a privilege claimed for a collection of documents from a hospital’s internal quality control review meeting following the death of one of its patients.  Johnson & Bell argued that the hospital’s documents were privileged under   Continue Reading »
Ed Hearn

Second Time Around, Hearn Secures (Another) Favorable Outcome in Motorcycle Lawsuit Seeking $1.1M

After a four-day trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn secured a favorable outcome for his insurance company client and its insured party.  At closing, plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict for $1.1 million.  The jury awarded the plaintiff $100,000. This was the second time Mr. Hearn tried this case, initially securing   Continue Reading »

Katie E. Gorrie Secures Summary Judgment in Significant Defense Win for General Contractor

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, obtained summary judgment in a construction negligence claim filed against her client, a large general contractor in Illinois. It is rare that motions for summary judgment are granted in construction negligence cases, which makes this ruling a development of potential interest to general contractors throughout Illinois. In this   Continue Reading »
Ed Hearn

Seeking Nearly $1 Million for Fall, Plaintiff Walks Away with $37,500

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn received a very favorable outcome in a three-day jury trial in Federal Court in Indiana. The case involved a 65-year-old woman who took one step out of her car in a parking lot of a national retail pharmacy chain and fell, fracturing her femur, which required surgery, insertion   Continue Reading »

Manganese Toxicity: Defending the Welding Rod Industry

Starting in the early 1990s, welders began suing the manufacturers of welding consumables claiming they developed a neurological disease caused by exposure to manganese in welding fumes. Pat Gloor, Steve Ellenbecker, and Steve Shear were retained by the welding industry to defend these cases in the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania)   Continue Reading »

When Manganese Presented a Potential Health Issue for the Welding Rod Industry, We Responded.

For a combined eight years, the team of D. Patterson Gloor, Stephen P. Ellenbecker and Steven M. Shear defended numerous claims alleging neurological damage and physical complications allegedly caused by manganese in welding fumes. Over the course of their defense of welding rod manufacturers, Messrs. Gloor, Ellenbecker and Shear developed unparalleled knowledge and experience about the claims of   Continue Reading »

Burke, Boehm and Ryndak Recover $700K in Insurance Coverage Dispute

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed that Selective Insurance Company must defend and indemnify Johnson & Bell client, Target Corporation, in a federal lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she sustained a traumatic brain injury when a dressing room door in a Target store fell on her. The federal trial court found   Continue Reading »

Marconi, Pioli, and Ryndak Secure Defense Jury Verdict in $4M Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Case

In a major defense jury verdict in Chicago Federal court on Friday, June 24, 2016, Johnson & Bell’s Commercial Litigation team of Joseph R. Marconi, Victor J. Pioli, and Peter R. Ryndak successfully defended Crimson AV, LLC against charges of patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.  In a case tried to a jury and   Continue Reading »
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