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In Product Liability Trial, Rantis Obtains Not Guilty Verdict for Louisville Ladder

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Charles P. Rantis, received a defense verdict in favor of his client, Louisville Ladder, in a product liability trial conducted in Cook County.  The plaintiff, a journeyman electrician, fell from an 8-foot fiberglass stepladder manufactured by Johnson & Bell’s client, sustaining several serious injuries.  The plaintiff’s fellow employee witnessed the accident,   Continue Reading »
Product Liability

Bell and Rantis Obtain Defense Verdict in Brain Injury Case Against Major Ladder Manufacturer. Plaintiff Sought $18 Million.

John W. Bell and Charles P. Rantis, Johnson & Bell shareholders, obtained a verdict in favor of a major ladder manufacturer following a two-week-long jury trial.  Damages in excess of $18 million were sought in this brain injury case. The plaintiff rejected a settlement offer of $3 million. The lawsuit arose out of allegations that the plaintiff   Continue Reading »
William V. Johnson

William V. Johnson Obtains Verdict in Favor of Chicago Medical Center, Obstetrician in Birth Injury Case

William V. Johnson of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. obtained a verdict in favor of a major Chicago medical center and its obstetrician following a week-long jury trial.  Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $4 million. The birth injury lawsuit arose out of allegations that a 1996 birth at the medical center was handled inappropriately, leaving   Continue Reading »
General Negligence

Katie E. Gorrie Obtains Favorable Result in Personal Injury Case Seeking $1.1M

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Attorney, Katie E. Gorrie, obtained a successful result for her client, a private social club, after a two week trial in the Law Division for the Circuit Court of Cook County.  During closing arguments, the plaintiff asked the jury for $1.1 million in damages.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of   Continue Reading »
Municipal Law

Brian P. Gainer Secures Verdict in Favor of Chicago Police Sergeant on False Arrest Charges

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, received a favorable defense verdict for his client, who was charged with false arrest and malicious prosecution.  The plaintiff claimed that the defendant, a Chicago Police Sergeant, fabricated the story of her arrest for Obstructing a Peace Officer and Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer.  Her testimony at trial   Continue Reading »

Joseph B. Carini Secures Defense Verdict in Construction Litigation Case Seeking $6.4 Million

Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder, Joseph B. Carini, III, received a not guilty verdict on behalf of his client, Meade Electric Company in a construction litigation lawsuit. The plaintiff, a hoisting engineer, was performing work in connection with a water main repair when the backhoe he was operating came to a sudden and violent stop   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms “Not Guilty” Verdict in $19M Legal Malpractice Case

The Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed a “not guilty” verdict obtained by Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph R. Marconi and Victor J. Pioli, in a $19 million legal malpractice case.  Johnson & Bell defended a lawyer and her firm that had previously represented a start-up company and its incorporators in setting up the company and pursuing   Continue Reading »

Indiana Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Employment Discrimination Case Against Fencing Products Manufacturer

Edward Hearn, managing partner of Johnson & Bell Ltd.’s Indiana Office, obtained summary judgment in favor of a fencing products manufacturer involved in an employment discrimination/wrongful termination lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District, Indiana. Digger Specialties, Inc., a Bremen, IN manufacturer of fencing products for the housing industry, was forced to lay off a significant   Continue Reading »

Marconi, Pioli Prevail in $17 Million Legal Malpractice Case Against Real Estate Law Firm

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph R. Marconi and Victor J. Pioli, successfully defended a Chicago real estate law firm and its partners in a $17 million legal malpractice case.  The real estate law firm had represented a local bank in a loan transaction for the acquisition and construction of a residential condominium building at 60 West Erie   Continue Reading »
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