Recent Settlements and Verdicts
SERVING WAUKEGAN, LIBERTYVILLE, LAKE COUNTY, GURNEE & NEARBY AREAS OF ILLINOIS
$25,000.00. Action for breach of contract to sell real estate. Buyer agreed to settle for double the amount of her earnest money deposit.
$40,000.00 from plumber who improperly connected bathroom drain line to storm sewer instead of sanitary sewer.
Summary Judgment Reversed. Defended an elderly woman against an adverse possession claim to her former marital residence. Grant of summary judgment for the plaintiff reversed on appeal, resulting in a settlement for more than double the initial offer.
$107,000.00 judgment received in a breach of contract to purchase real estate. Defendant refused to close despite all contingencies being met. Clients relocated in expectation of closing occurring.
In 2017, we completed over 50 tenant evictions on behalf of our landlord clients. Despite various delay tactics and other defenses raised, we were successful in getting the tenant out in every case we filed.
Successfully defended a client in a contract dispute over a parcel of real estate. Obtained a very favorable settlement by arguing that the contract should be voided because the plaintiff in the case either intentionally or negligently misrepresented his interest in the property.
Fire restoration project. Final settlement demand $75,000. Last offer of $35,000 withdrawn before trial. Judgment entered at trial $120,000. Five figure award of court costs and attorney’s fees also expected.
Homeowner association claim denied. A homeowner’s association attempted to force a foreclosing bank to pay several years of unpaid association dues incurred by a prior owner. Most egregious, the association’s law firm attempted to tack on legal fees which exceeded the amount of the unpaid dues. Ted was able to convince the appellate court that the association was not entitled to the amounts sought and the association was forced to release their improperly filed lien. The association was unable to overcome the fact that Ted’s client had, on his advice, begun paying dues beginning the month after they obtained title. The court accepted Ted’s argument that this acceptance of dues acted as a bar to any further claims for the prior owner’s unpaid assessments and that the mortgage held a superior right to the association which was exercised via the mortgage foreclosure proceedings.
$1,500,000.00 Jury verdict in lawsuit against insurance company alleging breach of contract. Settlement offer of only $50,000.00.
Recovered title to multiple vacant lots with value of $800,000.00. Former partner of client attempted to sell lots to a third party without proper authorization.
Over $400,000.00 in lump sum recoveries for land owners who have lost their real estate due to a tax sale.
$250,000.00 recovered from title company on behalf of general contractor. Property owner was allowed by lender to take cash out from construction loan without paying off multiple liens for labor and materials.
$225,000.00 obtained in settlement for one of four heirs to a decedent’s estate. Our client’s siblings attempted to deny him any inheritance even though he was the parent’s primary care giver during the last years of her life.
$200,000.00 Arbitration award against general contractor and several subcontractors for poorly constructed roof and frame.
Tax deed vacated due to failure to provide proper notice. Client recovered title to condominium worth $250,000.00
$145,000.00 Award against insurer for fire damage to residential property. No settlement offer made before trial.
$125,000.00 summary judgment on behalf of a shareholder who was wrongfully disassociated from a company he helped found.
$85,000.00 judgment in favor of property owners and against a county indemnity fund. Our clients lost their home of 40 years due to non-payment of real estate taxes despite not being notified of court proceedings which affected their title
$115,000.00 settlement with title company which paid out construction escrow funds without verifying that work had been completed by the contractor and without obtaining written permission from the home owner.
$85,000.00 Settlement after jury selection in lawsuit against home builder alleging fraud and misrepresentation in the sale of the property.
$80,000.00 recovered by partner who was wrongfully removed from limited liability company.
$75,000.00 paid by county trustee to investment company that purchased property at an auction of public lands which had a title defect created by a government agency.
$73,000.00 in real estate commission recovered from sellers who attempted to defraud the listing agent.
$50,000.00 judgment obtained and paid by company who retained a vendor, accepted goods and services and refused to pay for them.
$50,000.00 recovered from employer who failed to pay a contractual severance package to an executive whose contract not renewed as required.
$50,000.00 judgment obtained and paid to materials supplier from company that resold the materials and kept all the proceeds for itself.
$50,000.00 recovered from business owner who failed to pay for supplies that were delivered and then resold to a third party.
$50,000.00 paid to multiple homeowners who were provided inaccurate information by their home builder
$40,000.00 real estate commission recovered. Broker procured a buyer but the seller failed to notify our client that a contract had been signed and the transaction had closed.
$35,000.00 recovered from land surveyor. Erroneous survey forced property owner to reconfigure and rebuild portions of a large back yard landscaping and improvement project.
$30,000.00 recovered for home buyer from sellers who did not disclose a defective sewer line.
$30,000.00 recovered for land developer/consultant who was not paid for his services by owner at time of closing.
$25,000.00 recovered for architect via foreclosure of mechanic’s lien.
Fence litigation. Prevailed in litigation by multiple homeowners to have a fence which violated association rules torn down. Also succeeded in defending a homeowner against lawsuits by her association and by a municipality to tear down a fence which had previously received the proper permits and approvals.
Title returned to elderly owner. Successfully sued to have a fraudulent and forged deed to an 87 year old woman’s home invalidated. Affirmed on appeal. Resulted in three mortgages placed against the home removed as liens on title
Corporation dissolved and assets recovered for client after former partner attempted to transfer key confidential information to a competitor.
False lien removed from property and declared invalid. Client allowed to proceed with sale of real estate unencumbered.
Verdict for defendant in dispute between business partners. Minority business partner sought in excess of $1 million dollars from majority owner but was unable to prove any malfeasance on behalf of Ted’s client.
Verdict for home inspector sued by a home owner who falsely alleged that Ted’s client violated his professional responsibilities and failed to make proper disclosure of certain mold related issues in the home. Settlement demand exceeded the fair market value of the home.
Verdict for defendant. Ted represented a non-profit housing agency that was sued by a condominium association which sought to force Ted’s client to sell the association a unit at a severely discounted price. Ted convinced the court that the attempted use of a right of first refusal for this type of profiteering was not allowed by the law, allowing Ted’s client to use the property in furtherance of their mission.