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Gainer, Burkoth 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 Burkoth, 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 »

Lukowicz Secure Summary Judgment, Saving Transportation Client $500K

Johnson & Bell Associate, Amber N. Lukowicz, secured summary judgment in favor of her 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 Act (ADA) compliant ride-sharing   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Rules Nursing Home Operator Can Move Case Out of Cook County

The First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a nursing home operator, allowing the company to transfer its case on forum non conveniens grounds from Cook County to St. Clair County, where the nursing home is located.  Initially, the Appellate Court refused to hear the case, but Johnson & Bell appealed to the   Continue Reading »

Police Officers Vindicated in Arrest of Suspect

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, and Associate Attorney, Michael J. Lizzadro, recently obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality in Northern Illinois and two of its police officers.  In this federal court dispute, plaintiff alleged that the officers used excessive force in arresting her, resulting in injuries, including a broken arm. Plaintiff   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Stanzione and Kus Secure Directed Verdict in Favor of Hospital in Negligent Credentialing Dispute

In a case of first impression, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Sharon L. Stanzione, and Associate Attorney, Alan M. Kus, obtained a directed verdict in favor of their hospital client in a negligent credentialing dispute. Plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars alleging Johnson & Bell’s client negligently credentialed a cardiologist who allegedly   Continue Reading »

Bell, Geiser Secure Judgment for Defense in $7M Retaliatory Discharge Dispute

It took 14 years, but a large utility company finally put a retaliatory discharge dispute to rest with the assistance of Johnson & Bell Shareholders, John W. Bell and William A. Geiser. The dispute began almost immediately following the plaintiff’s termination by the utility company in 2004. The plaintiff filed suit, claiming retaliatory discharge as   Continue Reading »

7th Circuit Affirms Judgment in Indiana Retail Slip-and-Fall Case

In a slip-and-fall case, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for a national retailer after finding that a woman who fell in an Indiana store failed to prove the store had knowledge of a hazard on its premises.  In this case, the plaintiff said she slipped and fell in the store and   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Stanzione Secure Jury Verdict in Favor of Indiana Hospital and Clinic. Plaintiff Sought $3M.

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Sharon L. Stanzione, received a jury verdict in favor of an Indiana hospital and one of its clinics in a major medical malpractice lawsuit.  In addition, the jury ruled in favor of a Munster, Indiana cardiologist accused by hundreds of patients of implanting allegedly unnecessary heart devices.    Continue Reading »

With Settlement Offer on Table, Plaintiff Heads to Trial to Win… Less

In a case of admitted negligence, a Cook County jury found in favor of the plaintiff, but awarded less money than plaintiff demanded – and less money than the final settlement offer.  In this case, a Johnson & Bell trial team, including Charles P. Rantis, Timothy R. Couture and Valandis Vrakas, achieved a very favorable   Continue Reading »
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