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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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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