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Illinois' Pre-Judgment Interest Statute -- An Initial Assessment as the Law Takes Effect July 1, 2021

Johnson & Bell’s General Counsel, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, drafted the following assessment of Illinois’ Prejudgment Interest Statute, including some of the questions the statute raises for us and our clients. Please read the assessment and contact the Johnson & Bell attorney with whom you regularly work or Mr. Spitzzeri with any questions. Governor Pritzker recently   Continue Reading »

Stacey Cischke Delivers Webinar to Health Care System: “Anticoagulants: Avoiding Adverse Events through Sound Practices”

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stacey A. Cischke, recently presented to the medical staff at a healthcare system on identifying vulnerabilities that present with patients at risk for VTE or already on anticoagulants.  She outlined strategies to mitigate potential vulnerabilities when caring for patients receiving anticoagulation therapy.  Lastly, she discussed the critical impact of timely and   Continue Reading »

Boehm, Macksey and Belongia Secure Appellate Win in Investment Partners Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Garrett L. Boehm, Jr., David M. Macksey and Mark D. Belongia secured a First District Appellate ruling in favor of their clients in an investment partner dispute. Johnson & Bell filed the appeal, alleging that the trial court erred in granting defendants’ motion to compel arbitration and dismissing their clients’ claims   Continue Reading »

In Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Johnson & Bell highlights notable achievements in LGBTQ+ history and commemorates the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. In that decision, the Supreme Court affirmed LGBTQ+ individuals’ protection from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of   Continue Reading »

Sammi L. Renken Named President of ISHRM

On June 11th, 2021, Johnson & Bell Vice President, Sammi L. Renken, was installed as the new president of the Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM). Ms. Renken joined the firm in 2001, and serves on the Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the firm’s Women Initiative. She is an experienced   Continue Reading »

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare and Updated Guidance for All Industries

On June 10th, 2021, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare facilities and updated guidance for all workplaces. The ETS revolves around the necessity that employers help protect healthcare workers in settings where suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients are treated.  This ETS for Healthcare facilities is the proposed   Continue Reading »

Illinois Governor Signs into Law Prejudgment Interest Bill

On Friday, May 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the recently passed amendments to 735 ILCS 2-1303 which will allow for prejudgment interest to be collected on judgments at a rate of 6% per annum. The statute does not apply retroactively, and for existing cases the prejudgment interest will begin to accrue on   Continue Reading »

In Rare Reversal, Transportation Company Can Move Case Out of Cook County

The First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a defendant transportation company, allowing the company 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.  It is rare that a trial court’s ruling on a   Continue Reading »

Matt Johnson Presents Webinar to Healthcare Delivery System: “Physician-Nurse Communication: Seven Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls”

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Matthew L. Johnson, recently presented a webinar to approximately 100 health care providers at a J&B client health care delivery system on the topic of physician-nurse communication, and ways in which provider nurses and physicians can communicate in an effective verbal and written fashion as circumstances dictate.  The contemporaneous documentation of   Continue Reading »

Marconi Secures Dismissal with Prejudice of Multi-Million Dollar Malpractice Lawsuit Against Matrimonial Law Firm

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi, secured dismissal with prejudice for his matrimonial law firm client in a heated dispute with a former client.  In this dispute, the matrimonial law firm represented a client in a highly litigious divorce action in Kane County and through its appeal.  Thereafter, the law firm withdrew.  The matrimonial   Continue Reading »
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