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Credit Union's Website Target of ADA Lawsuit. Court Rules Plaintiff Case Lacks Standing. Appellate Court Affirms

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of a Johnson & Bell credit union client.  The ruling likely will affect similar discrimination suits brought by a plaintiff’s firm across the country.  In the lower court case, Johnson & Bell Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, secured dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed against his credit   Continue Reading »

Marconi, Malarkey Close Contentious Real Estate Transaction at Nearly Triple the Initial Valuation

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi, and Real Estate Attorney, John D. Malarkey, recently concluded a complex real estate transaction that resolved litigation between warring stakeholders that highly benefited their client. The dispute between partners of a senior manufactured housing development wound its way from trial court, to arbitration, and then on to a   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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Plaintiff’s Attempt to Expand Defendant’s Liability Foiled by Partial Summary Judgment

The Johnson & Bell trial team of Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, and Associate, Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst, obtained partial summary judgment in favor of their food transportation client and one of its drivers.  The ruling in favor of Johnson & Bell’s clients is likely to have positive ramifications for defendants in the future as it eliminates a   Continue Reading »
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