October 16, 2019

Plaintiff v. Defendant Railroad Company

DBMS secured a victory on behalf of a railroad company before the Illinois Appellate Court. Correcting its earlier ruling, the appellate court ruled that the Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA), which funds benefits provided to railroad employees under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), requires it to set off funds from any lost earnings and benefits…

June 24, 2019

Plaintiff v. Defendant Supportive Living Facility

Karen DeGrand, Michael Borree and Meagan VanderWeele secured a First District appellate victory in which the appellate court ruled that an arbitration agreement entered into by plaintiff’s decedent before she moved into defendant’s supportive living facility was enforceable and required dismissal of plaintiff’s state court negligence claims. In 2017, the estate of the deceased brought…

June 21, 2019

Plaintiff v. Defendant Neurosurgeon

The appellate court affirmed judgment on a jury verdict in a medical negligence action handled on appeal by Karen Kies DeGrand, Richard H. Donohue, James D. Sloan and Ashley E. Dus of Donohue Brown. The decedent, a 40-year-old mother of three children, suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, causing bleeding in the patient’s brain. The aneurysm…

November 9, 2018

Plaintiff v. Defendant Manufacturer

DBMS secured a victory on behalf of a large manufacturer before the Illinois Second District Appellate Court. The Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in a high-risk product liability case involving an industrial accident that resulted in significant injuries to the plaintiff. In October 2007, a factory worker was tasked with…

July 2, 2018

Daley v. Teruel

DBMS secured a victory on behalf of a hospital in a landmark case before the Illinois Appellate Court. The appellate court agreed with DBMS that the federal Patient Safety Act and Quality Improvement Act (PSA) protects patient safety reports made pursuant to the Act from discovery in a medical malpractice case and preempts state law….

September 26, 2017

Plaintiffs v. Defendant Attorney

Karen DeGrand, Daniel Cozzi, Meagan VanderWeele and Laura Ieremia achieved an appellate victory in a legal malpractice case involving the plaintiffs’ lawyer’s misconduct – including falsifying date stamps on court documents. The case led to a published opinion stating that because an attorney perpetrated a fraud on the court by falsifying court documents, the circuit…

April 11, 2017

Matrix Basement Systems Inc. v. Defendants

The appellate court upheld a trial court decision to deny a defendant’s motion for sanctions against plaintiff, its attorneys and their law firm following the voluntary dismissal of an action in which plaintiff alleged violations of the Illinois Trade Secrets Act and breach of contract claims. On appeal, Donohue Brown attorney Karen DeGrand represented the…

January 9, 2017

Sondergaard v. Defendant Physician

The appellate court affirmed judgment on a jury verdict in a medical negligence action handled on appeal by Donohue Brown’s Karen DeGrand and Amanda Balen. The defendant orthopedic surgeon had performed carpal tunnel release surgery on plaintiff’s left hand; the medical record demonstrated that the surgery was uneventful and plaintiff’s good recovery from the procedure….

December 14, 2016

Epstein v. Defendant Attorney

Karen Kies DeGrand and Norman Barry successfully defended a client on appeal in the Seventh Circuit. The firm’s client, a divorce attorney, was sued with his client in federal court by the client’s estranged husband in the midst of an acrimonious divorce proceeding pending in an Illinois circuit court. Suing both his wife and her…