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Belongia, Jalalpour Help Client Recover $500K Stolen by Employee

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, obtained a significant and hard-fought victory on behalf of a corporate client. The client, a private jet leasing company, learned that an employee had embezzled over $500,000 from the company and its subsidiaries over a period of several years.  Upon discovery of the theft,   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Potential Class Action Against Municipality, Sheriff and County Jail

In a case based on allegations of a systemic failure by a municipality and its county sheriff to provide timely dental care to detainees in the county jail, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court’s ruling that denied plaintiff’s motion for class certification.  The issues surrounding that denial were the basis   Continue Reading »

General Contractor Avoids OSHA Violations for Electrocution Fatality on Project

Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Katie E. Gorrie of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.’s Construction Practice Group successfully represented a general contractor in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into an electrocution fatality on its project.  The foreman for the electrical subcontractor was electrocuted when he came into contact with live voltage in the switchgear   Continue Reading »

Lightning Strikes Twice: Belongia, Caffarini Recover Client’s Money in Second Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

In less than one month, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Associate, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a second fraud case on behalf of a client against a local marketing firm. In this case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm never fulfilled the contract with the   Continue Reading »

Ellenbecker Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Chiropractor

In a trial taking place in Peoria County, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen P. Ellenbecker, secured a defense verdict for his client, a chiropractor practicing in the Peoria, Illinois area.  In closing, the plaintiff asked the jury for $852,000 in damages for his client, who claimed the chiropractor committed malpractice and failed to meet the   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Caffarini Help Clients Resolve Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a fraud case on behalf of two start-up companies against a local marketing firm. In this fraud case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm failed to develop the two cell phone applications and two   Continue Reading »

Illinois Sales Tax Dispute Resolved by Belongia, Ahasay

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Daniel R. Ahasay, successfully resolved a sales tax audit of their client, a vending machine company, saving the client over $100,000.  The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDR) said that its audit disclosed that our client owed $220,000 in unpaid state sales tax over an 18-month period.    Continue Reading »

Marconi, Malarkey Complete TIC Transaction that Exceeds $85M in Value

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi, and Real Estate Attorney, John D. Malarkey, completed a Tenant-In-Common transaction which ended several years of litigation between warring stakeholders. The final sale exceeded $85M in value. In this transaction, the two stakeholders originally disagreed on, among other issues, the timing and sale price of the partnership’s sole   Continue Reading »

Heated Legal Malpractice Dispute Extinguished by Appellate Ruling

The First District Appellate Court affirmed a circuit court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice dispute based upon res judicata.  The appellate ruling in favor of Johnson & Bell’s client follows a prior dismissal of the legal malpractice lawsuit in 2019.  At that time, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Rory L. Margulis, secured   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Reverses Bench Trial Award on Plaintiff’s Statutory Wage and Hour Claims Against Non-Profit Religious Organization

The First District Appellate Court recently reversed a trial court judgment in a wage and hour dispute.  Previously, after a bench trial, the trial court had found in favor of plaintiff on her statutory claims under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (“IMWL”) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (“IWPCA”).  The plaintiff was awarded   Continue Reading »
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