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COVERAGE OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY & INSTALLATION DINNER, JUNE 17, 2010
2010 Mock Trial Invitational Post Event Press Release, March 8, 2010.
DAILY HERALD coverage of the 14th Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial.
14TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST SUBURBAN BAR ASSOCIATION HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL INVITATIONAL Press Release: February 1, 2010
EDWARD DOWNS receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the NWSBA. More....
Kelley, Kelley & Kelley Wins Directed Verdict in $23 Million Commercial Real Estate Case
- William F. Kelley and newly hired Associate, Scott C. Zambo, of Kelley, Kelley & Kelley, secured a directed verdict for their client in a $23 million commercial real estate case on Thursday, July 23, 2010, in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court, Case No. 09 CH 05870, before the Honorable Judge Mary Anne Mason. Kelley and Zambo represented a landowner accused of violating a tenant’s right of first refusal in entertaining a proposal for a ground lease generating a revenue stream in excess of $23 million. It was alleged that a letter of intent for a 99 year ground lease was equivalent to a bona fide offer to purchase the property, triggering the Plaintiff’s right of first refusal under the tenant’s lease. Upon the closing of Plaintiff’s case-in-chief, verdict was directed in favor of the defendant-landlord upon a finding that the tenant was not entitled to specific performance because the letter of intent was not a binding contract between the parties and the proposed 99 year ground lease was not the equivalent of an offer to purchase the property. The Court further found that the defendant-landlord did not breach the right of first refusal incorporated in its lease, in failing to tender a copy of the letter of intent to the tenant to allow the tenant to match the informal ground lease proposal.
Dennis R. Favaro of Favaro & Gorman, Ltd. recently concluded representation of a former employee in a Qui Tam/False Claims Whistleblower action resulting in a twenty-five million dollar settlement. The settlement resolves procurement fraud allegations that the Department of Defense was falsely billed by the employer over a number of years. Favaro’s client had been fired on a pretext in 2000. He was later rehired, but secretly cooperated undercover with federal authorities. For more information about this case, a detailed press release and copy of the complaint originally filed under seal can be accessed at www.prforlaw.com..
Marty Glink recently settled a significant car wreck case for $1.7 million. The date of the accident was November 4, 2002, Dr. M.B. v. Davis and CSTS, Inc., 09 L 6589. Defendant bus driver rear-ended the Plaintiff on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Plaintiff suffered tears in both ligaments in his right, dominant wrist and also a torn right rotator cuff. The Plaintiff had surgery a year later for the wrist and six years later for the rotator cuff. Plantiff’s medical specials totaled about $110,000.00. His return to work as an OB/GYN surgeon was disputed. Craig Tomassi represented the Defendants.
Congratulations to Marty Glink who was recently re-elected President of the Suburban Bar Coalition. The Suburban Bar Coalition was formed in 1998 to conduct combined judicial screening by the five Suburban Bar Associations. The program has conducted successful, professional, independent screenings for the last ten years on behalf of the five Suburban Bar Associations, representing about 2,000 lawyers and 2,000,000 voters.