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Ownership Group Gets Seared When They Secretly Steal Another Shareholder’s Stake

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, resolved an ownership dispute that earned their client an above market return on his ownership stake.  In this dispute, Johnson & Bell’s client was a partner in several companies that owned restaurants. At a meeting of the shareholders in which our client couldn’t attend, the other shareholders of   Continue Reading »

Belongia Leads Veristar Acquisition of Planet Data Solutions, Inc.

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, recently closed an acquisition for Veristar LLC, a premier legal services delivery firm serving corporate legal departments and private law firms. Belongia handled the acquisition of Planet Data Solutions, Inc. With the acquisition, Veristar LLC continues its expansion as a national provider of expert forensic data collection, electronic   Continue Reading »

Appellate Ruling Brings End to Heated Legal Malpractice Dispute

The First District Appellate Court affirmed a circuit court’s dismissal of a legal malpractice dispute based upon res judicata.  The Illinois Supreme Court rejected plaintiff’s request for further review. The appellate ruling followed a prior dismissal of the legal malpractice lawsuit in 2019.  At that time, Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Rory   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Jalalpour Help Client Recover $500K Stolen by Employee

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, obtained a significant and hard-fought victory on behalf of a corporate client. The client, a private jet leasing company, learned that an employee had embezzled over $500,000 from the company and its subsidiaries over a period of several years.  Upon discovery of the theft,   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Potential Class Action Against Municipality, Sheriff and County Jail

In a case based on allegations of a systemic failure by a municipality and its county sheriff to provide timely dental care to detainees in the county jail, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court’s ruling that denied plaintiff’s motion for class certification.  The issues surrounding that denial were the basis   Continue Reading »

General Contractor Avoids OSHA Violations for Electrocution Fatality on Project

Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Katie E. Gorrie of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.’s Construction Practice Group successfully represented a general contractor in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into an electrocution fatality on its project.  The foreman for the electrical subcontractor was electrocuted when he came into contact with live voltage in the switchgear   Continue Reading »

Lightning Strikes Twice: Belongia, Caffarini Recover Client’s Money in Second Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

In less than one month, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Associate, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a second fraud case on behalf of a client against a local marketing firm. In this case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm never fulfilled the contract with the   Continue Reading »

Ellenbecker Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Chiropractor

In a trial taking place in Peoria County, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Stephen P. Ellenbecker, secured a defense verdict for his client, a chiropractor practicing in the Peoria, Illinois area.  In closing, the plaintiff asked the jury for $852,000 in damages for his client, who claimed the chiropractor committed malpractice and failed to meet the   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Caffarini Help Clients Resolve Fraud Case Against Marketing Company

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, and Attorney, Ava L. Caffarini, successfully resolved a fraud case on behalf of two start-up companies against a local marketing firm. In this fraud case, Mr. Belongia and Ms. Caffarini were able to prove that the marketing firm failed to develop the two cell phone applications and two   Continue Reading »

Illinois Sales Tax Dispute Resolved by Belongia

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, successfully resolved a sales tax audit of his client, a vending machine company, saving the client over $100,000.  The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDR) said that its audit disclosed that our client owed $220,000 in unpaid state sales tax over an 18-month period. Belongia disputed the outstanding claimed   Continue Reading »
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