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Indiana Ruling Bars Plaintiff Damages Expert from Testifying in Trucking Case

In a recent opinion by the Honorable Judge Damon R. Leichty of the Northern District of Indiana, the Court barred expert witness David Gibson from testifying on the decedent’s lost wages in a fatal trucking collision case. Defendants, represented by Johnson & Bell, Ltd., motioned the Court to exclude the notorious economics expert who opined   Continue Reading »

When Plaintiff’s “Double Dip” Effort Fails, He Sues Law Firm. Vera, Sedia Secure Summary Judgment in Favor of the Law Firm in a LegalMal Dispute

Johnson & Bell Attorneys, Carlos A. Vera and Adam J. Sedia, secured summary judgment in a legal malpractice case filed in Cook County based on application of foreign law. Our law firm client represented a New Zealand flight attendant in an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging that he sustained “significant” injuries in an airplane accident that occurred   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Belongia Secure TRO In Michigan Contract Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, wasted little time putting his new Michigan Bar membership to good use.  Mr. Hearn successfully secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of a Johnson & Bell client in a contract dispute taking place in Michigan.  The dispute involves a disagreement as to contract amounts owed and   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Swing Secure Defense Verdict in Indiana Dispute Seeking $3M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, secured a defense verdict in a premises liability case seeking in excess of $3 million in damages.  The five-day jury trial took place in Lake County (Indiana) Superior Court.  In this case, plaintiff claimed that their three-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury as   Continue Reading »

Plaintiff’s Attempt to Enlarge “Damages Pie” Gets Nixed by Court

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, and Associate Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, achieved a dismissal with prejudice for their healthcare client who was sued for consumer fraud under the Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  The Court agreed with defense’s contention that despite plaintiff’s argument that the case involved fraud, it was really a case   Continue Reading »

Boehm, Macksey and Belongia Secure Appellate Win in Investment Partners Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Garrett L. Boehm, Jr., David M. Macksey and Mark D. Belongia secured a First District Appellate ruling in favor of their clients in an investment partner dispute. Johnson & Bell filed the appeal, alleging that the trial court erred in granting defendants’ motion to compel arbitration and dismissing their clients’ claims   Continue Reading »

In Rare Reversal, Transportation Company Can Move Case Out of Cook County

The First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a defendant transportation company, allowing the company to transfer its case on forum non conveniens grounds from Cook County to Kane County, where an accident involving one of the company’s trucks and its driver occurred.  It is rare that a trial court’s ruling on a   Continue Reading »

Marconi Secures Dismissal with Prejudice of Multi-Million Dollar Malpractice Lawsuit Against Matrimonial Law Firm

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi, secured dismissal with prejudice for his matrimonial law firm client in a heated dispute with a former client.  In this dispute, the matrimonial law firm represented a client in a highly litigious divorce action in Kane County and through its appeal.  Thereafter, the law firm withdrew.  The matrimonial   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Jalalpour Resolve Complex UCC Dispute Enabling Client to Recover $100K from a National Bank

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Mark D. Belongia and Ramses Jalalpour, successfully resolved a dispute between their client, an emergency railroad service company, and one of its vendors. In this matter, the client sent a check to its vendor for more than $100,000.  The check was stolen before it reached the vendor and then deposited into   Continue Reading »

Belongia Resolves Multinational Ownership Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, successfully resolved an ownership dispute involving partners in an international sales and manufacturing company.  In this multinational dispute, Belongia’s clients were the European founders and majority owners of a U.S.-based company, but were not the day-to-day operators of the business. Ultimately, disagreements between the majority and minority owners   Continue Reading »
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