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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 »

Small Business Owners to Get Tax Break

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, notes that on August 27, Illinois Gov. Pritzker signed SB 2531 into law.  The bill allows small business owners across the state the ability to avoid the federal tax cap of $10,000 on their state and local taxes (SALT) deductions. The tax change allows partnerships and S corporations   Continue Reading »

Hearn, Swing Secure Defense Verdict in Indiana Dispute Seeking $3M in Damages

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, secured a defense verdict in a premises liability case seeking in excess of $3 million in damages.  The five-day jury trial took place in Lake County (Indiana) Superior Court.  In this case, plaintiff claimed that their three-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury as   Continue Reading »

Plaintiff’s Attempt to Enlarge “Damages Pie” Gets Nixed by Court

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, and Associate Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, achieved a dismissal with prejudice for their healthcare client who was sued for consumer fraud under the Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  The Court agreed with defense’s contention that despite plaintiff’s argument that the case involved fraud, it was really a case   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

Johnson & Bell Shareholders John W. Bell, William V. Johnson, Joseph R. Marconi, Robert M. Burke, D. Patterson Gloor, Matthew L. Johnson, and Sharon L. Stanzione have been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. In addition, Monica Burkoth, Julie J. Busch, Margaret A. Connery, Matthew P. D’Avanzo,   Continue Reading »

Illinois Announces $250M “Back to Business” Grant Program for Small Business

Governor Pritzker announced a new grant program aimed at helping small businesses in Illinois that struggled during the pandemic. The state announced a new $250 million Back to Business (B2B) recovery program Wednesday. According to Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, who advises a number of private and family held businesses, the B2B program   Continue Reading »

University’s Vaccination Requirements Don’t Violate Students’ Substantive Due Process Rights

Here is a timely appellate court ruling that might shed some light on the ongoing debate about whether companies, universities and other institutions can require vaccinations.  In Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied plaintiffs-students’ request for an injunction pending their appeal of a district court’s denial of their   Continue Reading »
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Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Dennis C. Cusack, Dies at Age 62

It is a sad day at Johnson & Bell.  Long-time Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Dennis C. Cusack, passed away on July 27 at the age of 62.  He was on a business trip in Texas when he died. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Mr. Cusack attended Fenwick High School before earning an undergraduate   Continue Reading »

Julie J. Busch Featured Presenter at ALFA Transportation Webinar

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Julie J. Busch, is co-presenting the issue, “Do’s/Don’ts During Litigation in the COVID World.”  Ms. Busch will be joined by fellow presenter, Christopher M. Nigro, a Partner at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., one of the ALFA International member firms in Florida.  Their presentation will be attended by claims professionals across the   Continue Reading »
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