FELA

December 31, 2017

C. Nicholas Cronauer wins $1 million judgment for client

On August 14, 2014, my client was a driving a motorcycle in Kane County. The Defendant was traveling behind my client on a motorcycle, and somehow his front tire made contact with my client’s rear tire, sending my client tumbling down the highway. My client spent several weeks in patient with serious injuries to his back and legs. He lost his job due to the rehabilitation time. He has made a good recovery. A judgment for $1,000,000 was awarded for his economic and non-economic damages as a result of the crash.
April 10, 2017

C. Nicholas Cronauer wins $5.3 million jury award for injured worker

C. Nicholas Cronauer Attorney at Law On March 21, 2017, local attorney, C. Nicholas Cronauer, along with his trial team obtained a five million three hundred thousand ($5,300,000) jury verdict against Metra Railroad for an injured railroad worker after a 5 1⁄2 week long jury trial. The Federal Employers Labor Act (“FELA”) lawsuit was filed in Cook County state court. The jury trial was held at the Daley Center Courthouse in downtown Chicago from February 14, 2017, through March 21, 2017. Over 40 depositions were completed before trial during the discovery process, and the case was tried to a successful verdict in less than three (3) years. Metra contested the case vigorously. During closing argument, Metra’s lawyer told jurors, “I want you to know before I sit down I don’t agree with these guys about anything as it relates to this case.” Metra asked the jury to award $0 due […]
August 28, 2015

Announcing New Partnership

Charles E. Cronauer, Brett S. Brown & Russell E. Burns are pleased to announce a merger of firms which will continue the general practice of law under the firm name of Burns Cronauer Brown LLP.   Partners Russell E. Burns Charles E. Cronauer Brett S. Brown C. Nicholas Cronauer Peter R. Gruber The new partnership will provide professional representation and experienced legal counsel to individuals and families to business and public organizations. With increased depth and added capabilities, our growing firm supports both basic and complex transactions and basic and complex trial advocacy.
August 10, 2015

The Need for Improved Car Seat Protection

Contrary to conventional wisdom, around 1990 the United States fell behind the European Union for baby seat safety regulations. A Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was proposed in an attempt to bridge the gap between the United State’s subpar regulations with Europe’s regulations. The idealism behind the plan is to converge motor vehicle regulatory regulations between the United States and Europe. However, due to various resistance, lobbying, and debate about whose regulations are better, the regulations have not yet been “converged.” Car seats sold in America must meet the current safety regulations in order to be sold; however, the regulations are simply the bare minimum standards that must be met. Nearly 15 years ago, the NHTSA published an official notice to all domestic child seat manufacturers reminding them that compliance with the minimum regulatory requirements is not enough. Despite the letter from the NHTSA, not much as been accomplished in […]
July 27, 2015

50 Cent (Curtis Jackson III) Bankruptcy

After Forbes estimated rap superstar and purported business mogul Curtis Jackson III, known by his stage name as 50 Cent, to have a net worth of $150 million only two months ago, 50 Cent filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2015 after a jury rendered a $5,000,000 verdict against him, personally. Despite 50 Cent testifying under oath that he has received at least a quarter billion dollars, his bankruptcy filing (see here) only claims assets between 10 to 50 million. However, 50 Cent’s list of creditors (see here) contains liabilities of approximately $28,431,418.50. Accordingly, it’s likely that 50 Cent’s assets are actually around the 28 million mark rather than the 50 million mark. An additional $2,000,000 judgment was rendered against 50 Cent for punitive damages, bringing his total liabilities up to $30,431,000. There is a lot of speculation as to whether 50 cent is really bankrupt given his perceived high […]
April 10, 2017

C. Nicholas Cronauer wins $5.3 million jury award for injured worker

C. Nicholas Cronauer Attorney at Law On March 21, 2017, local attorney, C. Nicholas Cronauer, along with his trial team obtained a five million three hundred thousand ($5,300,000) jury verdict against Metra Railroad for an injured railroad worker after a 5 1⁄2 week long jury trial. The Federal Employers Labor Act (“FELA”) lawsuit was filed in Cook County state court. The jury trial was held at the Daley Center Courthouse in downtown Chicago from February 14, 2017, through March 21, 2017. Over 40 depositions were completed before trial during the discovery process, and the case was tried to a successful verdict in less than three (3) years. Metra contested the case vigorously. During closing argument, Metra’s lawyer told jurors, “I want you to know before I sit down I don’t agree with these guys about anything as it relates to this case.” Metra asked the jury to award $0 due […]