NEWS: IN THE COURTROOM

  • February, 2017 Scott Gillman achieved summary judgment in Cook County, IL for an insurer in a declaratory judgment action in which the Court ruled that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured pursuant to the “professional service” exclusion in its policy.

    Scott Gillman achieved summary judgment in Cook County, IL for a manufactured home dealer accused of fraud and negligence in which the Court ruled that the Dead Man’s Act barred Plaintiff’s testimony about what was said during the negotiations for the purchase of the manufacture home.

    August, 2016, Mark Ruda had summary judgment in favor of Allstate Insurance Company affirmed on appeal by the First District Appellate Court which confirmed that, in an Uninsured Motorist claim, the insured breached her policy of insurance by failing to execute a HIPAA authorization. The Court ruled that the Rules of the American Arbitration Association do not prohibit compliance with terms of the insurance policy.

    December, 2015 Matthew Cook has become licensed in Wisconsin.

    Matthew was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Emerging Lawyers for the category of Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law.

    July, 2014, Scott Gillman achieved dismissal with prejudice in Lake County, IL of subrogation action in which he argued that plaintiff insurance company did not exercise diligence in service of defendant HVAC contractor.

    August, 2014, Guy Conti achieved summary judgment in Cook County, IL for the defendant-insurance carrier who was sued after denying a claim based on the vandalism and intentional act exclusion.

    September, 2014 Paul Festenstein achieved a favorable settlement (representing less than 1% of the underlying judgment in a putative class action) in a TCPA “conversion” claim, (“Fax Blast” suit) after presenting his expert testimony on the truly di minimus nature of the claimed damages.

    Mark Ruda recently tried a number of cases to successful conclusions:

    Lapore v. CTA and Mustafa, where, on a re-trial of a case in which the Plaintiff was awarded $260,000, Mr. Ruda was able to hold the verdict against a motorist down to $47,000, which was only $1,000 above what he had offered to settle the case before trial.

    Valdez v. Gerfinkle, where Mr. Ruda achieved a not guilty in favor of a motorist alleged to have struck a motorist in a cross-walk.

    Tolliver v. Allstate Insurance, where Mr. Ruda achieved a not guilty in favor of an insurer alleged to have engaged in bad faith insurance practices.

    Thompson v. Bajramovksi, where plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case during the cross examination of one of the plaintiffs.

    Davis v. Bambulas, where Mr. Ruda achieved a not guilty in favor of a motorist alleged to have been involved in a rear-end collision with the plaintiff.

    Guy Conti had summary judgment in favor of Allstate Insurance affirmed on appeal by the First District Appellate Court which upheld the suit limitation period in a homeowner’s policy with respect to a mortgagee claim following a fire.

    November, 2014, Scott Gillman achieved summary judgment in Cook County, IL for a client’s snow management business accused of negligent salt spreading in a case involving the slip and fall of a construction worker at an active construction site.

    December, 2014, Guy Conti achieved a dismissal with prejudice in Cook County, IL of a case filed against the officer of a fraternity accused of negligence in the death of a member of the fraternity.

    Guy Conti achieved summary judgment in Cook County, IL for the defendant-insurance carrier who was sued after denying a claim based on the vandalism and intentional act exclusion.

    NEWS: IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY

    February, 2017 Matthew Cook was named to Super Lawyers’ 2017 Illinois Rising Stars List for Insurance Coverage.

    September, 2016 Paul Festenstein presented “Determining The Number Of Occurrences:  Current Trends” at the Midwest Regional Meeting of PLRB in St. Louis, MO.

    November, 2016 Paul Festenstein presented “Determining The Number Of Occurrences:  Current Trends” at the Eastern Regional Meeting of PLRB in Richmond, VA.

    January, 2014, Guy Conti presented “Identifying, Investigating and Litigating Suspicious Claims” to the Illinois Chapter of CLM in Schaumburg, IL.

    February, 2014, Scott Gillman presented “Identifying Medical Provider Fraud” to NAMIC’s National Seminar in St. Augustine, FL.

    March, 2014, Peter Schoonmaker presented “Vacant, Foreclosed and Abandoned Buildings” at the PLRB Claims Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

    May, 2014, Guy Conti presented “Litigation 102, Pleadings and Motions” to the Illinois Chapter of CLM in Schaumburg, IL.