P&W’s latest victories

Posted by Bradford S. Purcell | Apr 11, 2018 | 0Comments

  • Brad Purcell presented at IICLE's 5th annual Worker's Compensation Institute on March 1 on the topic of third-party subrogation strategies at  mediation in multiparty litigation.
  • Aaron LaRue and R.J. VanSwol were selected as Rising Stars in the fields of Civil Litigation Defense and Insurance Coverage, respectively, by Super Lawyers. This honor is awarded to 2.5% of attorneys based on peer evaluations and independent research.
  • Brad Purcell obtained summary judgment on January 18 on behalf of a general contractor in a construction accident case involving a plaintiff who fell from a roof, sustaining a fractured spine requiring surgery and bilateral wrist fractures. The judge granted the motion based upon our contractor's lack of “retained control” over the work of plaintiff pursuant to Section 414 of the Restatement (Second) of Torts.
  • R.J. VanSwol obtained summary judgment for an insurer in DuPage County on the basis that an LLC member was not an insured under the LLC's auto policy while driving his own vehicle, and that his accident was excluded from coverage under the LLC's general liability policy.
  • Tom Underwood, Mike Sanders, and R.J. VanSwol obtained a Seventh Circuit opinion affirming the dismissal of a federal suit alleging that their clients, who represented the estate in a wrongful-death suit in Illinois state court, were part of a conspiracy to deprive the plaintiff of his rights in the state-court litigation. Klein v. O'Brien, 884 F.3d 754 (7th Cir. 2018).
  • Emma Nowacki and King Roy obtained summary judgment on behalf of a shipping company that the plaintiff sought to hold vicariously liable for the acts of a truck driver that caused catastrophic injuries.
  • Dustin Karrison and King Roy successfully moved for summary judgment on behalf of a general contractor in Cook County, Illinois, where an injured ironworker sought damages for loss of trade.
  • Aaron LaRue and King Roy won summary judgment for a Fortune 500 company that the plaintiff, an union worker, alleged was negligent in coordinating the work of various contractors working at its manufacturing plant where the plaintiff was injured.
  • Mike Sanders and King Roy obtained summary judgment on behalf of a general contractor seeking “additional insured” coverage from its subcontractor's insurer.


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