From Our Blog Files

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 […]
June 10, 2015

Lawsuit Seeking Damages for Farmers After Drop in Corn Prices

FARMERS ELIGIBLE TO SEEK DAMAGES AND LOST INCOME IN LAWSUIT FOR DROP IN U.S. CORN PRICES In 2009, Syngenta released a new strain of corn in the U.S. market, called Agrisure Viptera. This seed was released and marketed to farmers before it received import approval from China. Without proper import approval, China rejected shipments of American corn in 2013 and 2014, causing a dramatic disruption in the U.S. corn market. All farmers that grew corn, regardless of whether or not they planted Viptera or other Syngenta seed, were impacted by this market disruption. Individual farmers, landlords, elevators, transporters, and others in the supply chain may be eligible to file claim. Burns Cronauer Brown LLP has partnered with a firm with a record success in large agricultural cases similar to this. Together, we represent thousands of corn farmers in Illinois and across the Midwest. This is not a class action lawsuit. […]
May 20, 2015

DeKalb Lawyer Files Complaint Seeking Class Action Status

DeKalb Attorney Nicholas Cronauer of Burns Cronauer Brown LLP filed a complaint in Rockford federal court seeking class action status for Illinois residents that purchased Gap Coverage from Progressive Insurance. The complaint can be viewed here. The complaint seeks at least $5,000,000 in compensation for eligible class members. The complaint alleges that Progressive’s Gap coverage was not actively filed with the State of Illinois Department of Insurance and was deceptively marketed. The Plaintiff also encountered conduct that allegedly was improper claim handling practices under Illinois statutes. If you were sold Gap Insurance by Progressive, contact Burns Cronauer Brown LLP today at (815) 895-8585.