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April 2, 2021

Congratulations to Ryan Eckert on his Two Year Anniversary

Lipe Lyons is proud to congratulate Ryan Eckert on his two year anniversary with the Firm. Mr. Eckert, who focuses his practice on catastrophic injury cases, insurance defense, and products liability, was recently named an Illinois Rising Star for 2021. Mr. Eckert has had great success in his time at the firm, including: 
-Successfully arguing for summary judgement for a general contractor when a subcontractor’s employee was injured on a construction site;
-Successfully arguing for dismissal of an architectural firm after a construction employee was injured onsite;
-Successfully argued for summary judgement in a premises liability case involving an injury to a minor;
-Multiple not-guilty decisions for clients after arbitration hearings in various disputes;
-Numerous settlements of multi-million dollar cases at mediation, including settlement of a workplace injury in which the initial demand was over $15 million.

March 26, 2021

Lipe Lipe Lyons secures favorable settlement with Minnesota Attorney General on behalf of client that was targeted by the Minnesota State Patrol while supplying fuel to Minnesota’s power plants

Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas sought declaratory and injunctive relief on behalf of their client, Midwest Integrated Companies, LLC, which collects and recycles railroad ties for use as environmentally-friendly fuel in power plants. Midwest transported the fuel over the road under a special oversize/overweight permit issued by Minnesota. When the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol unexpectedly decided that Midwest’s permit did not allow it to transport the fuel, their interpretation threatened both Midwest’s business and a critical source of fuel for Minnesota’s power plants. After Lipe Lyons filed suit and an accompanying memorandum explaining how the new interpretation was contrary to the statutory authority and legislative intent, Minnesota’s Attorney General quickly agreed to resolve the issue outside of court, and Midwest was able to resume supplying power plants with the fuel they need.