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Johnson & Bell Secures Ruling in Favor of Municipality and its Police Officers in First Degree Murder Case

The First District Appellate Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants, an Illinois municipality and two of its police officers. The case arose from the arrest and prosecution of plaintiff for the murder of his one-month-old niece. After a jury found the man not guilty of first degree murder, plaintiff filed a   Continue Reading »

Owens, Kotsalieff Secure Summary Judgment in $45M Steel Mill Case

Johnson & Bell Attorneys, Kevin G. Owens and Angela M. Kotsalieff, recently obtained summary judgment in favor of their client in a case pending in Porter County, IN.  The case involved the catastrophic collapse of a huge industrial machine that was in service at a northwest Indiana steel mill.  Plaintiffs alleged that Johnson & Bell’s   Continue Reading »

Thompson Secures Defense Verdict in $1.5M Hospital Negligence Case

After a five-day trial stemming from a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence, Johnson & Bell Associate, David J. Thompson, obtained a defense verdict for his client, a hospital in the suburbs of Chicago. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital was negligent in its transport of the plaintiff, resulting in a laceration to his right foot. The   Continue Reading »

Marconi, Pioli and Jalalpour Obtain Summary Judgment in $19M Legal Malpractice Case

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph R. Marconi and Victor J. Pioli, and Associate, Ramses Jalalpour, recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client in a hotly contested legal malpractice case. Johnson & Bell represented a commercial litigation firm based in Chicago and two of its partners who previously represented a woman who claimed she   Continue Reading »
Brian Gainer

Gainer Secures Defense Verdict in Favor of Police Officers

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Brian P. Gainer obtained a defense verdict in favor of his municipal clients, who faced multiple charges, along with a demand for significant monetary damages. In this case, the police officers responded to a traffic accident where they encountered the plaintiff, who had been involved in the accident. Plaintiff became combative   Continue Reading »
Sharon Stanzione

Stanzione Secures Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case Against Indiana Hospital

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sharon L. Stanzione, received a defense verdict in favor of her hospital client in a medical malpractice wrongful death case. The case involved a 28-year-old woman who came to the emergency room with chest congestion and was treated by an ER doctor and staff, then discharged. The young woman died 56   Continue Reading »

Renken Secures Defense Verdict in $2.75M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital

After nearly four weeks at trial, Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Sammi L. Renken, obtained a defense verdict for her client, a major academic hospital in Chicago. Plaintiff sought $2.75 million in damages. In this case, plaintiff alleged the hospital was negligent by failing to prevent and treat a sacral pressure ulcer, which progressed to a   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Bars "Every Exposure" and "Cumulative Exposure" Theory of Causation

On August 31, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld key rulings on the admissibility of expert testimony in light of substantive law regarding causation.  Click here to download the ruling. Charles Krik alleged that his lung cancer was caused, in part, by exposure to asbestos attributable to his work at an Exxon Mobil   Continue Reading »

Glenn F. Fencl Obtains Summary Judgment in CGL Policy Dispute

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Glenn F. Fencl, received summary judgment in favor of his client in a complex insurance coverage case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Fencl represented an insurer which issued Commercial General Liability (CGL) and Employers’ Liability (EL) policies to its insured. The named insured   Continue Reading »

LeFevour Helps Hospital Negotiate Labor Contract with AFSCME

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Genevieve M. LeFevour, recently concluded multiple rounds of collective bargaining as a lead negotiator for her hospital client and reached a new multi-year labor contract agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  AFSCME represented the hospital’s nursing employees. About Johnson & Bell Clients rely on Johnson   Continue Reading »
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