Robert Chemers and David Larson won an affirmance in the Appellate Court, First District, of the summary judgment entered by the circuit court for their insurer client in a coverage dispute with a plaintiff insurer over whether the plaintiff insurer’s named insured was an additional insured on the policy issued by our insurer client to ...
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Robert Chemers and Matt Ligda obtained a dismissal with prejudice, after motion, extensive briefing and hearing, of a Supreme Court Rule 224 pre-suit petition where it was shown that petitioner failed to state a viable cause of action and the discovery sought was not necessary.
Robert Chemers obtained a judgment for an insurer client in federal court in Chicago that the carrier had no duty to defend its insureds for an auto accident due to the auto exclusion in the CGL policy and that any duty to defend was discharged when the insureds failed to respond to the carrier’s written ...
Robert Chemers and Dave Larson won a summary judgment and default declaratory judgment in federal court in Springfield, IL for an insurer client based on the insured providing notice of an accident 16 months after it occurred and notice of suit some 9 months after it was filed. The district judge held that the notice ...
Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Kayla Condeni and Donald Patrick Eckler published a column in the IDC Quarterly on the judicial estoppel doctrine and recent cases addressing it. The article is linked here.
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Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys John Scheid and Ryan Shupe recently assisted a technology sales and distribution client review and analyze the strategic value and terms of numerous product distribution agreements with manufacturers and other suppliers as due diligence for a high-value asset purchase transaction. After the asset purchase closed, John and Ryan also reviewed, drafted, and renegotiated myriad distribution ...
Pretzel & Stouffer partner, Richard Kenyon, recently obtained dismissal with prejudice of a defamation per se suit in a claim filed in the Circuit Court of Dekalb County. Rick defended a local businessman in the residential rental industry, who also hosts a well-known local radio talk show program where current community issues are discussed. ...
Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys, John Scheid and Ryan Shupe, recently assisted a not-for-profit corporate client in the healthcare industry to obtain more than $20 million in secured financing for its acquisition of several subsidiary businesses. This financing deal involved in-depth analysis, drafting, and negotiation of numerous loan, security, and guaranty agreements and other supporting ...
Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Jim Sipchen and Brendan Nelligan recently won a dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against their client, a local California theater. The theater was sued for trademark infringement by a popular 80’s R&B band after it produced a concert performed ...
A Pretzel & Stouffer trial team, led by Edward Ruff and Michael Turiello and including Paula Villela, along with Douglas Lipke and William Thorsness of Vedder Price P.C. obtained a judgment in the amount of $9,539,768.54 for damages stemming from Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland (“F&D”) for contempt and violation of a bankruptcy court’s ...
Jim Sipchen recently forced a settlement of a copyright infringement suit for less than what it cost the plaintiff to file the lawsuit in the first place. The suit was brought by an Indiana attorney against a non-profit organization that promotes the health of single mothers and their babies. The plaintiff, who is notorious for ...
Jim Sipchen, obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client sued on a personal guarantee. The client had formerly been a co-owner of a restaurant, who had been ousted from the business by its majority shareholder, but at the time the business was formed had signed a number of personal guarantees relating to a number ...