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Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment Against “Virtual Physical Contact” Assertion

The First District Appellate Court has affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a case where the plaintiff asserted the legal doctrine of “virtual physical contact” in hopes of triggering insurance coverage.  In this case, the plaintiff, a co-occupant of a commercial delivery vehicle, walked away from the truck while at a stoplight.  As he crossed the street,   Continue Reading »

Victor J. Pioli

As a member of Johnson & Bell’s Business Litigation and Professional Liability practice groups, Victor J. Pioli handles a variety of commercial matters, including trial and appellate work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. His client list ranges from large corporations and government entities to individuals. He’s litigated simple   Continue Reading »

Garrett L. Boehm, Jr.

Garrett L. Boehm, Jr., concentrates his practice in appellate law, business litigation, employment, environmental and toxic tort law. Mr. Boehm has prosecuted and defended appeals in a wide array of tort, contract, class action and administrative law matters before all Illinois courts of review and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also admitted   Continue Reading »

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 »

Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Corporation

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys, John W. Bell, Charles P. Rantis and Meghan M. Sciortino, received a summary judgment order from Judge Leinenweber of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in favor of their client, a ladder manufacturing company. This product liability suit was brought by the plaintiff for injuries he   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Clarifies and Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine in Dismissal of Tort Claims

The opinion, Westfield Insurance v. CNH America, No. 3-09-0501 (Ill.App.Ct. March 17, 2010), issued by Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court, clarifies application of the economic loss doctrine where a plaintiff pleads incidental damages to “other” personal property. In this case, Johnson & Bell’s client, CNH America, manufactured a tractor that was sold by Birkey’s Farm   Continue Reading »

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