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Bell Prevails in Direct Participation Claim Against Parent Corporations

The First District Appellate Court recently affirmed an important victory for our client in the area of direct participant liability in the case of Linsner v. Exelon Energy Delivery and Exelon Corporation. The plaintiff was an employee of Commonwealth Edison and was injured while working on maintenance of substation equipment in Chicago. The plaintiff was working in   Continue Reading »

First District Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Forest Preserve District

On March 16, 2012, the First District Appellate Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment in a case that has significant ramifications on liability of a landowner under the Illinois Animal Control Act. Johnson & Bell represented the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in a lawsuit filed by Steven Cieslewicz, the Independent Administrator of   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Johnson and Johnson Obtain Defense Verdict for Hospital in HIV Transplant Case – Plaintiff Sought $45 Million

On November 16, 2011, firm president, William V. Johnson, obtained a defense verdict in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center following a two-week jury trial in which damages in excess of $45 million were sought. The lawsuit arose out of allegations that proper informed consent was not obtained by a transplant surgeon prior   Continue Reading »
Joe Marconi

Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Marconi to Advise Discovery Committee

Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois’ Supreme Court appointed Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder Joseph R. Marconi as Advisor to the Judicial Conference Committee on Discovery Procedures. Mr. Marconi is the chair of the Business Litigation/Transactions group at the firm. The Committee is comprised of circuit court judges from around the state and   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Stanzione Successfully Defends Hospital in Wrongful Death Case- Plaintiff Sought $2.6 Million

On November 7, 2011, shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, obtained a verdict in favor of Community Hospital, following a six-day jury trial wherein damages in excess of $2.6 million were sought. The lawsuit arose out of allegations surrounding the wrongful death of a 25-year-old patient, with a condition called Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)—a very rare and potentially life-threatening   Continue Reading »
Product Liability

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Ladder Manufacturer

In Bielskis v. Louisville Ladder, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in defendant’s favor. On appeal, the Seventh Circuit considered whether the district court properly struck plaintiff’s expert’s report under the Daubert standard and then whether summary judgment was properly entered in Defendant’s favor. The Plaintiff had fallen from a three-foot-high mini-scaffold when it collapsed   Continue Reading »
Greg Conforti

Conforti Speaks at Trucking Litigation Conference

Gregory D. Conforti gave a presentation entitled, Settlement Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Using the ADR to Minimize the Impact of Trucking Litigation, in December 2011 at the American Conference Insititute: Trucking Litigation Conference.

Conforti and LeFevour Achieve Favorable Verdict in Construction Site Accident

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys, Gregory Conforti and Genevieve LeFevour, received a favorable verdict for their client in a case that involved a construction site accident that resulted in the death of an independent contractor.  The plaintiff asked for $9.5 million to cover pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and loss of society.  The   Continue Reading »
Municipal Law

Gainer Obtains Not Guilty Verdict in Municipal Liability Case

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorney Brian P. Gainer, obtained a not guilty verdict in favor of his clients, two Chicago Police Officers. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant police officers used excessive force against him, unlawfully searched and seized his vehicle, conspired to violate his civil rights, and failed to provide him medical care. The defendant   Continue Reading »
Transportation

Gorrie Achieves Not Guilty Verdict in Contribution Action

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Attorney, Katie E. Gorrie, recently received a not guilty verdict in favor of her client, a Chicago cab driver and taxi company. The case involved an insurance carrier seeking contribution to a previously settled $1.5 million claim relating to an automobile accident. In January 2006, the plaintiff, traveling southbound, was attempting a left   Continue Reading »
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