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Plaintiff’s Attempt to Expand Defendant’s Liability Foiled by Partial Summary Judgment

The Johnson & Bell trial team of Shareholder, Edward W. Hearn, and Associate, Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst, obtained partial summary judgment in favor of their food transportation client and one of its drivers.  The ruling in favor of Johnson & Bell’s clients is likely to have positive ramifications for defendants in the future as it eliminates a   Continue Reading »

Serial Litigant Fails Again in Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

Johnson & Bell prevailed in court when the 1st District Appellate Court affirmed the dismissal of a legal malpractice lawsuit a man filed against a former attorney he hired to sue a different former attorney. In 2008, the plaintiff accused his father of inducing his mother to exclude him from her will – an estate   Continue Reading »

LeFevour, Carlos Secure Defense Verdict for Hospital in Employment Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Genevieve M. LeFevour and Christopher J. Carlos, received a jury verdict in favor of their hospital client in a contentious employment dispute. In this case, plaintiff filed an eight-count employment discrimination lawsuit against the hospital alleging that it failed to hire her for a position because of her age (58) and   Continue Reading »

Pioli, Jalalpour Secure Defense Verdict in Favor of Deceased Attorney

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Victor J. Pioli, and Associate Attorney, Ramses Jalalpour, secured a defense jury verdict in favor of deceased attorney, J. Richard Hisaw, and his law firm in a legal negligence case involving a foreclosed commercial property. The plaintiff asked for $500,000 in damages.  Attorneys Pioli and Jalalpour achieved the jury verdict despite   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Obtains 7th Circuit Appellate Win in Coverage Dispute

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s opinion in favor of Johnson & Bell’s insurance client, holding that our client does not have a duty to defend an employment agency in a case pending in New York. The underlying case involves a laborer, an employee of the employment agency, who was injured while performing clean   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Insurer in Underinsured Motorist Coverage Dispute

The First District Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer (Johnson & Bell’s client) in a dispute about the amount of coverage available as part of an Underinsured Motorist claim. The insured claimed that our client had waived its right to assert setoffs and sought payment of the insurer’s full $1 million   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment for General Contractor in Construction Worker Accident Case

The First District Appellate Court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of defendants where general contractor (Johnson & Bell’s client) did not retain control over any part of plaintiff’s (subcontractor employee) work, the general contractor was not liable for premises liability, and the subcontractor did not proximately cause plaintiff’s injury. In this case, the plaintiff   Continue Reading »

Gainer, Burkoth Secure Defense Verdict in Contentious, Officer Involved Shooting Case

In a highly charged atmosphere and in a trial followed by local and national media, the Johnson & Bell trial team of Shareholder, Brian P. Gainer, and Associate, Monica Burkoth, secured a defense verdict in favor of the City of Chicago.  The trial involved charges of wrongful death against the City and a Chicago police   Continue Reading »

With Plaintiff Seeking $600K for Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearn and Swing Secure Defense Verdict

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, obtained a defense verdict in Monticello, Indiana, in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff in a premises liability case.  In this case, the plaintiff claimed that he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a ride at an amusement park in Indiana.  Plaintiff claimed that   Continue Reading »

A Case of Forum Non Conveniens: Nursing Home Operator Can Move Case Out of Cook County.

The First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a nursing home operator, allowing the company to transfer its case on forum non conveniens grounds from Cook County to St. Clair County, where the nursing home is located.  Initially, the Appellate Court refused to hear the case, but Johnson & Bell appealed to the   Continue Reading »
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