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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 »

Illinois Credit Union’s Website Target of ADA Lawsuit. Court Rules Plaintiff Case Lacks Standing.

In federal court, Johnson & Bell Associate, Ramses Jalalpour, secured dismissal without prejudice of a lawsuit filed against his credit union client.  The lawsuit claimed that the credit union’s website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to people who are blind.  In this case, plaintiff is permanently blind and uses   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 »

Gainer, Gutowski Secure Defense Verdict in Contentious, High-Profile Case

In a highly charged atmosphere and in a trial followed by local and national media, the Johnson & Bell trial team of Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, and Associate, Monica Gutowski, secured a defense verdict in favor of the City of Chicago.  The trial involved charges of wrongful death against the City and a Chicago police   Continue Reading »

With Plaintiff Seeking $600K for Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearn and Swing Secure Defense Verdict

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, obtained a defense verdict in Monticello, Indiana, in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff in a premises liability case.  In this case, the plaintiff claimed that he was injured during a ride at an amusement park in Indiana.  Plaintiff claimed that the safety restraint   Continue Reading »

Theodore and Lukowicz Secure Summary Judgment, Saving Transportation Client $500K

Johnson & Bell Associates, Jennifer M. Theodore and Amber N. Lukowicz, secured summary judgment in favor of their transportation client, who was mired in a business dispute over an alleged promise of start-up funding. In this case, plaintiff sought more than $500,000 in damages. Plaintiff claimed they were retained to create an Americans with Disability   Continue Reading »
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