Jeffrey Newton, 52, was driving his motorcycle through an uncontrolled intersection. While in the intersection, Steven Giambruno was driving a semi-truck as part of his employment with Freight Logistics Inc. Giambruno allegedly turned left in front of Newton.

The motorcycle and the truck crashed and Newton was ejected from his motorcycle and landed on the pavement.

He sustained a fractured left hand, fractured ribs and a pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung.

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Jennie Pagan, 40, was driving home from work. While she was stopped in traffic,  Alain Chil Gonzalez, rear-ended her Sedan in his pickup. Pagan suffered a herniated disk at C5-6, which required physical therapy, pain management and disk replacement surgery. Her past medical expenses totaled $186,300. She is no longer able to participate in physical activities with her young daughter.

Pagan sued Gonzalez, alleging negligent operation of the pickup truck. Pagan did not claim lost income.

The jury signed a verdict for more than $4.98 million.

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Amy Skiba, 43, was driving with two children, both 12 years old, when an oncoming driver lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line, and struck Skiba’s vehicle head-on. Skiba suffered fatal injuries. She was survived by her husband and three children, one of whom is an adult.

Skiba’s adult child and representative for the two minor children sued Eaton Asphalt Paving Co., which completed a resurfacing project on the road approximately two months before this incident.

The Skiba family asserted that the defendant pavement company negligently performed the project by choosing not to mill the road and install a safety wedge as required by its contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Zoe Rosenthal, 53, was walking in a crosswalk at an intersection. Charles Davignon turned left in his vehicle at the intersection and hit Rosenthal, knocking her to the ground. Sadly, she died of her injuries two days later.  She was survived by her two adult daughters and a granddaughter.

Her daughters, on behalf of her estate, sued Davignon, alleging he negligently operated his motor vehicle and chose not to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The lawsuit also claimed that Davignon Real Estate Agency and Davignon Property LLC were vicariously liable for Davignon’s negligence because he was in the course of his employment at the time of this incident.

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The Illinois 1st District Appellate Court affirmed a decision of Cook County Judge Patricia Sheahan regarding a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Charles Arbogast who was injured working as a photographer in a designated photo well at Wrigley Field.  Arbogast fell on a stack of pallets that photographers stood on to take photographs during the game. He was injured when  he fell.

Arbogast filed suit against the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club LLC, Chicago National League Baseball Club Inc. and Chicago Cubs Inc. (collectively, Cubs).

The Cubs moved to dismiss, arguing that the media credentials Arbogast possessed contained language that constituted a contract with a valid and enforceable arbitration agreement mandating that the case be resolved through binding arbitration in New York.

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A jury awarded Waukegan-based Atturo Tire Corp. a $110 million verdict for damages related to deceptive trade practices and tortious interference by a multinational competitor.

After a five-day trial, a federal jury in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago found Toyo Tire Corp. and Toyo USA Corp. liable for unfair competition, defamation, unjust enrichment, deceptive trade practices, and tortious interference with Atturo’s business.

The jury found Toyo told Atturo’s existing and prospective customers and manufacturing partners that Toyo owned a trade dress right in Kayo’s Open Country Mountain Tire and that Atturo infringed upon it with its Trail Blade M/T tire.

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Ashad Umrani and Mundar Jatoi, the plaintiffs, brought a derivative action on behalf of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) against SANA and several SANA office holders. They alleged misconduct and breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and spoliation of evidence against SANA executive council members and other office holders.

SANA is an organization under New York State law with office holders spread across North America. SANA is registered as a 501c non-profit organization that works to unite Sindhis in North America; to defend the national rights of Sindhi people; to foster understanding between Sindhis and other nationalities; and to educate people about Sindhi Civilization, according to the group’s website. The defendants, who include SANA office holders in multiple states, were represented by multiple attorneys.

Some of the defendants filed a motion to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction, but others neither filed a motion nor joined the others. The circuit court judge granted the motion to dismiss but directed the parties to specify the order in which defendants were included. This was not done; instead, the motion to dismiss was granted and the defendants were not notified individually.

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Audrey Mivelaz had $9 million in assets and no estate plan, no testamentary capacity and no known heirs. However, she had several close, loving friends who knew her for decades and helped care for her as she sank into dementia. After an unsuccessful search for heirs, the plenary guardian of her estate after her guardianship was established and received authority from a Cook County judge to deviate from the intestacy statute by creating a trust and will that benefited the friends and several charities. However, ten supposed heirs surfaced after Mivelaz died.

The principal question in this case for the Illinois Appellate Court was the alleged heirs, who challenged the estate-plan order, arguing that it was void because they weren’t notified of the proceeding. Further, the alleged heirs argued that the guardianship judge no longer had subject matter jurisdiction based on the Illinois Supreme Court case of In re Estate of Gebis, 186 Ill.2d 188 (1999).

Although the Illinois Appellate Court concluded that the guardianship court had constitutional authority to adjudicate the alleged heirs’ attack on the trust and will, the First District affirmed because (1) the guardian conducted a reasonably thorough search for relatives and heirs and (2) unknown heirs received adequate notification by publication and service on the Cook County State’s Attorney.

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Reinaldo Cubillos was a passenger in a box truck that was stopped in traffic on a highway. A log truck driven by Jesus Ajete Perez rear-ended the Cubillos truck, which then hit the back of a minivan. Cubillos suffered aggravation of a pre-existing herniation at C5-6 and a Hill-Sachs lesion related to a dislocated shoulder. The Hill-Sachs lesion is an osseous defect of the humeral head that is typically associated with anterior shoulder instability.

Cubillos underwent physical therapy arthroscopy and surgical fusion surgery but continues to suffer from collision-related pain.

He sued Kevin SL Transport LLC, the log truck’s owner, and Perez, alleging improper lookout and negligence.  The lawsuit claimed undisclosed medical expenses but no lost income.

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Michelle Olivarez was stopped in traffic when a vehicle driven by Kelsey Nelson rear-ended her vehicle.  The crash aggravated Olivarez’s pre-existing neck pain, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Olivarez, 39, also suffered a soft-tissue injury to her left knee. She received physical therapy for her knee injury, was prescribed medicine, and received neck injections.

Olivarez’s medical expenses totaled more than $108,000.

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