Defense of Automobile and Commercial Motor Vehicle Litigation
Third party employer liability and all attendant Kotecki issues
Defense of commercial, retail, corporate, industrial and residential premises liability cases
Civil and Commercial Litigation matters, including: breach of contract, business disputes, ADR, Municipal law, including FOIA actions, Civil rights defense, corporate risk management, excess insurance coverage, labor, and the National Labor Relations Board
Susan M. Russell v. Estate of Ernest Ellis, Deceased
On February 4, the plaintiff was driving westbound on Ogden Avenue in the western suburbs and collided with southbound defendant, Ernest Ellis who was coming off a stop sign. Plaintiff claimed soft tissue injuries with a disc bulge of C6-C7 as well as permanent radicular syndrome with numbness in the fourth and fifth fingers and permanent migraine headaches. Our defense denied that we acted negligently, contended that we stopped at the stop sign and we looked both ways before proceeding into the intersection and disputed the nature and extent of plaintiff’s claimed injuries. At the close of the evidence the plaintiff had asked the jury for $1,000,000.00. The jury was out less than one hour, and delivered a not-guilty verdict.
2. Estate of Nicole Ellis v. Dr. Adomo & Radiology Center, S.C.
Nicole Ellis presented to Advocate South Suburban Hospital, with abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal distention and other exigent issues. She was additionally diagnosed with acute hepatitis. Thereafter, Nicole Ellis developed sepsis and died. The plaintiff alleged defendants failed to timely diagnosis and treat Budd-Chiari syndrome, failed to identify hepatic vein occlusion, and failed to obtain a timely transfer for the patient. The evidence showed defendants complied with the standard of care and any symptoms were more likely from a fatty liver than Budd-Chiari. Plaintiff asked the jury for $16,000,000.00. The jury deliberated for less than two hours and entered a not guilty verdict. The First District denied an appeal, and the Illinois Supreme Court denied a PLA.
Linear v Village of University Park
Plaintiff sued the Village and the Mayor in Federal Court under 42 U.S.C. 1993, as well as alleged violations of the 14th Amendment to the United State Constitution. The District Court dismissed Linear’s Complaint. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.
Amin Ijbara Equity Corp v. Vill. of Oak Lawn
Plaintiff filed a seven-count complaint against the Village of Oak Lawn claiming that it discriminated against his corporation. Plaintiff alleged a 42 U.S.C. 1983 violation as well as a violation of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The District Court dismissed Plaintiff’s Complaint. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.
Vega v. MidAmerican Taping
Plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit which alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act. Authored motion to dismiss. Obtained dismissal on the merits and Section 15(a) , 15(b) claims dismissed for prejudice.
Cameron v. Polar-Tek
Authored motion to dismiss plaintiff’s proposed Biometric Information Privacy Act class action complaint. Class action complaints were dismissed three times, on three separate motions.