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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 »

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

Johnson & Bell Attorney, Monica Burkoth, 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   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 »

Serial Litigant Fails Again in Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

Johnson & Bell prevailed in court when the 1st District Appellate Court affirmed the dismissal of a legal malpractice lawsuit a man filed against a former attorney he hired to sue a different former attorney. In 2008, the plaintiff accused his father of inducing his mother to exclude him from her will – an estate   Continue Reading »

LeFevour, Carlos Secure Defense Verdict for Hospital in Employment Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Genevieve M. LeFevour and Christopher J. Carlos, received a jury verdict in favor of their hospital client in a contentious employment dispute. In this case, plaintiff filed an eight-count employment discrimination lawsuit against the hospital alleging that it failed to hire her for a position because of her age (58) and   Continue Reading »

Pioli, Jalalpour Secure Defense Verdict in Favor of Deceased Attorney

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Victor J. Pioli, and Associate Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, secured a defense jury verdict in favor of J. Richard Hisaw and his law firm in a legal negligence case involving a foreclosed commercial property. The plaintiff asked for $500,000 in damages.  Attorneys Pioli and Jalalpour achieved the jury verdict despite the fact   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Obtains 7th Circuit Appellate Win in Coverage Dispute

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s opinion in favor of Johnson & Bell’s insurance client, holding that our client does not have a duty to defend an employment agency in a case pending in New York. The underlying case involves a laborer, an employee of the employment agency, who was injured while performing clean   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Insurer in Underinsured Motorist Coverage Dispute

The First District Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer (Johnson & Bell’s client) in a dispute about the amount of coverage available as part of an Underinsured Motorist claim. The insured claimed that our client had waived its right to assert setoffs and sought payment of the insurer’s full $1 million   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment for General Contractor in Construction Worker Accident Case

The First District Appellate Court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of defendants where general contractor (Johnson & Bell’s client) did not retain control over any part of plaintiff’s (subcontractor employee) work, the general contractor was not liable for premises liability, and the subcontractor did not proximately cause plaintiff’s injury. In this case, the plaintiff   Continue Reading »

Plaintiff Attempts “Late Notice” Argument to Secure Coverage, But Appellate Court Affirms In Favor of Johnson & Bell Client

The Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed a circuit court’s judgment in favor of Johnson & Bell’s insurance client. In this case, plaintiff, a facility for developmentally disabled adults, sought coverage for an underlying personal injury lawsuit, arguing that the insurer should be estopped from raising coverage defenses because the insurer failed to defend under   Continue Reading »
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