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Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Ladder Manufacturer

In Bielskis v. Louisville Ladder, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in defendant’s favor. On appeal, the Seventh Circuit considered whether the district court properly struck plaintiff’s expert’s report under the Daubert standard and then whether summary judgment was properly entered in Defendant’s favor. The Plaintiff had fallen from a three-foot-high mini-scaffold when it collapsed   Continue Reading »

Conforti and LeFevour Achieve Favorable Verdict in Construction Site Accident

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys, Gregory Conforti and Genevieve LeFevour, received a favorable verdict for their client in a case that involved a construction site accident that resulted in the death of an independent contractor.  The plaintiff asked for $9.5 million to cover pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and loss of society.  The   Continue Reading »
Brian Gainer

Gainer Obtains Defense Verdict in Municipal Liability Case

In a municipal liability case, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder Brian P. Gainer obtained a defense verdict in favor of his clients, two Chicago Police Officers. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant police officers used excessive force against him, unlawfully searched and seized his vehicle, conspired to violate his civil rights, and failed to provide him medical care.   Continue Reading »

Gorrie Achieves Not Guilty Verdict in Contribution Action

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Attorney, Katie E. Gorrie, recently received a not guilty verdict in favor of her client, a Chicago cab driver and taxi company. The case involved an insurance carrier seeking contribution to a previously settled $1.5 million claim relating to an automobile accident. In January 2006, the plaintiff, traveling southbound, was attempting a left   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Matthew L. Johnson Obtains Defense Verdict for Ob/Gyn in Medical Malpractice Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Matthew L. Johnson, obtained a unanimous “not guilty” verdict in favor of a Bloomington, IL ob/gyn from a 12-person jury in McLean County, IL, on May 21. 2010. Plaintiff, a 31-year-old female horse trainer, claimed that the defendant surgeon violated the standard of care throughout two surgical procedures which he performed   Continue Reading »

Spitzzeri and LeFevour Negotiate Favorable Settlement in FLSA Matter

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Genevieve M. LeFevour, negotiated a favorable defense settlement for a security company in a collective action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. The three named plaintiffs claimed they were denied overtime pay for   Continue Reading »
School Law

Indiana Court Grants Summary Judgment in Favor of School Charged with ADA Violations

Johnson & Bell obtained summary judgment from Judge Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in favor of its School Corporation client. The case, entitled Sandlin v. Switzerland County School Corp., involved claims by Jonathan Sandlin that he had been mistreated by school officials related to his seizure events during   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Clarifies and Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine in Dismissal of Tort Claims

The opinion, Westfield Insurance v. CNH America, No. 3-09-0501 (Ill.App.Ct. March 17, 2010), issued by Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court, clarifies application of the economic loss doctrine where a plaintiff pleads incidental damages to “other” personal property. In this case, Johnson & Bell’s client, CNH America, manufactured a tractor that was sold by Birkey’s Farm   Continue Reading »
Greg Conforti

Conforti Successfully Defends Waste Removal Trucking Company - Plaintiff Sought $3.3 Million

Gregory D. Conforti of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. obtained a not guilty verdict in favor of all defendants, including a waste-removal trucking company and its driver from a jury in Cook County, Illinois. The plaintiff, a 34-year-old male, had pre-existing paraplegia from a gunshot to the back when he was 15 years old. The plaintiff alleged   Continue Reading »

Carini Obtains Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case Seeking $11M

Joseph B. Carini, III, a shareholder at Johnson & Bell, Ltd., successfully defended his client in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of a young man killed in an auto accident.  The plaintiff, a 21-year-old father of a 15-month-old child, was killed in an auto collision with a semi-tractor truck that entered an intersection against   Continue Reading »
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