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Wrongful Death Trucking Case Resolved Successfully

The Johnson & Bell trial team of Edward W. Hearn, Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst and Gregory D. Conforti successfully resolved a wrongful death trucking case where plaintiff asked the jury at closing for $12 million in damages. Johnson & Bell’s trucking client already had admitted liability for the accident and was defending this case solely on the   Continue Reading »

NLRB Issues New Guidance Memo on Employee Status of College Student-Athletes

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, issued a memorandum providing guidance to all NLRB field offices on her position that certain Players at Academic Institutions are employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and are afforded all statutory protections.  In the memo, she advises that where appropriate, she   Continue Reading »

Transportation Company Succeeds with Effort to “Ship” Case to Kane County. Illinois Supreme Court Denies Plaintiff’s Petition for Appeal.

Several weeks ago, we reported that the First District Appellate Court had ruled in favor of our transportation client, allowing our client to transfer its case on forum non conveniens grounds from Cook County to Kane County, where an accident involving one of the company’s trucks and its driver occurred.  Following that ruling, the plaintiff   Continue Reading »
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Retired Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert Spitkovsky, Jr., Dies at Age 59

Long-time Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Robert Spitkovsky, Jr., recently passed away at the age of 59.  He had retired from the firm in 2020.  Born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Spitkovsky attended high school at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1984 from Drake University   Continue Reading »

Indiana Ruling Bars Plaintiff Damages Expert from Testifying in Trucking Case

In a recent opinion by the Honorable Judge Damon R. Leichty of the Northern District of Indiana, the Court barred expert witness David Gibson from testifying on the decedent’s lost wages in a fatal trucking collision case. Defendants, represented by Johnson & Bell, Ltd., motioned the Court to exclude the notorious economics expert who opined   Continue Reading »

Cook County’s Law Division to Proceed with Jury Trials

The Honorable James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Law Division, recently issued General Administrative Order 21-2 announcing that court proceedings may be conducted in person, remotely or in a hybrid of the two.  Conducting proceedings with all persons physically present is preferred, but judges have discretion to conduct proceedings remotely.   All jury   Continue Reading »

When Plaintiff’s “Double Dip” Effort Fails, He Sues Law Firm. Vera, Sedia Secure Summary Judgment in Favor of the Law Firm in a LegalMal Dispute

Johnson & Bell Attorneys, Carlos A. Vera and Adam J. Sedia, secured summary judgment in a legal malpractice case filed in Cook County based on application of foreign law. Our law firm client represented a New Zealand flight attendant in an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging that he sustained “significant” injuries in an airplane accident that occurred   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Belongia Secure TRO In Michigan Contract Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, wasted little time putting his new Michigan Bar membership to good use.  Mr. Hearn successfully secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of a Johnson & Bell client in a contract dispute taking place in Michigan.  The dispute involves a disagreement as to contract amounts owed and   Continue Reading »

President Biden Announces New COVID-19 Rules for Private Employers Employing More Than 100 Workers

President Biden announced a new plan to vaccinate U.S. workers in an ongoing attempt to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.  Under the new plan, large employers will have to require that their workers get Covid-19 vaccines or undergo at least weekly testing.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to issue an emergency temporary   Continue Reading »

Tammy Wade Discusses Best Practices in Medical Record Documentation

Johnson & Bell Shareholder and Health Care practice group member, Tammy L. Wade, CPHRM, recently gave a presentation to the medical staff of a healthcare system regarding best practices in medical record documentation.  Ms. Wade outlined a method of documentation she developed to improve patient safety and quality outcomes.  She discussed the critical impact of   Continue Reading »
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