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Ruling Raises Questions about OSHA Worksite "Controlling Employer" Policy

An interesting legal development in Texas might prove significant for construction companies and other employers within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – and any other jurisdiction that follows its view. The ruling should also encourage employers in other jurisdictions to challenge their circuit court’s rulings on multiemployer or controlling employer policies   Continue Reading »

OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries

On May 22, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made an important announcement that affects the reporting of injuries at the workplace. OSHA announced it is suspending its previously issued electronic reporting requirements on workplace injuries. Earlier this year, OSHA had instituted a new rule that was to take effect in July that   Continue Reading »

Vicarious Liability Issue Earns General Contractor a Defense Under Subcontractor's GL Policy

Johnson & Bell Shareholder William K. McVisk and Associate Attorney, David J. Rock, recently obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of their contractor client in an insurance coverage dispute in the Chancery Division in Cook County. The dispute involved whether the contractor was entitled to a defense under its subcontractor’s general liability insurance policy,   Continue Reading »

Katie E. Gorrie Secures Summary Judgment in Significant Defense Win for General Contractor

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, obtained summary judgment in a construction negligence claim filed against her client, a large general contractor in Illinois. It is rare that motions for summary judgment are granted in construction negligence cases, which makes this ruling a development of potential interest to general contractors throughout Illinois. In this   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell Welcomes Jessica K. Velez

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Stephen P. Ellenbecker

Stephen P. Ellenbecker concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, construction, and general civil litigation. Among other areas, he was a trial attorney on cases involving the food industry and welding industry. He works on litigation as both local and national counsel and coordinates scheduling, discovery and trial work with national and local counsels,   Continue Reading »

Major Decision by Illinois Supreme Court Impacts Construction Accident Cases

Defense attorneys and their clients received a boost in construction accident cases involving personal injury thanks to a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.  The decision restricts construction negligence and premises liability theories of recovery in Illinois.  Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, provides an overview of the decision and its potential impact.

Katie Gorrie to Moderate Discussion on Getting More Women Litigators into the Lead Trial Counsel Role

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Trial Lawyer, Katie E. Gorrie, will moderate the discussion, “A Woman’s Place: Getting into the First Chair,” at ALFA International’s upcoming 2016 Women’s Initiative Program on October 27, 2016.  Ms. Gorrie’s panel is part of a series of presentations and discussions of the reasons for the disproportionately low percentage of   Continue Reading »

OSHA Issues New Rules for Electronic Reporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, which directly impacts employer recordkeeping. The revised regulations impose a new obligation that requires many employers to annually submit certain electronic injury and illness data directly to OSHA. This information will then   Continue Reading »

New Procedure for Setting Trial Dates in Cook County

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie, outlines the new procedure for setting trial dates on cases pending in Cook County Circuit Court Law Division.  Ms. Gorrie explains that the changes in trial setting should give parties more preparation time and more control over the issuance of trial dates, but fewer options to alter trial dates.    Continue Reading »
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