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Newland & Newland, LLP Files Lawsuit Against Cracker Barrel After Illinois Woman Finds Parasitic Worms in Food

Arlington Heights Food Poisoning Lawyer

A woman allegedly found numerous small worms inside the fish filets she was eating at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Gurnee, Illinois. Plaintiff Laura Sullivan had been visiting the chain restaurant when she allegedly discovered that the catfish she had already begun eating was filled with live parasitic worms. Her complaint alleges that she felt something moving in her mouth and simultaneously spotted movement on her plate. Sullivan became severely ill and suffered emotional distress. Newland & Newland, LLP is representing the plaintiff in Case # 23LA00000191 in Lake County, Illinois.

Sullivan’s complaint has raised multiple tort claims incorporating product liability, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The complaint states that Cracker Barrel allegedly served an unreasonably dangerous food product and that it did so out of carelessness toward the health and safety of its customers. Sullivan was treated for her food poisoning in two separate hospitals and continues to suffer severe anxiety related to eating.

The damages demanded in this case exceed the sum of $50,000 to cover Sullivan’s medical costs in addition to compensating her for her serious emotional distress. Evidence used to support Sullivan’s claims include a shocking photograph of the worms allegedly found inside the catfish filets. Documentation of her hospital care, including two emergency room visits, will be used to support the sum demanded.

Chicago Area Legal Firm Promotes Three Attorneys to Partner

Newland and Newland

Newland & Newland, LLP, founded by brothers Stephen and Gary Newland, is proud to announce that three of the firm’s senior associate attorneys have been promoted to partner. Jennifer Carroll, Katrine Fleishman, and Erin Adamski are accomplished and skilled attorneys who have over 20 combined years with the firm. The law firm has multiple offices throughout the Chicago area and serves clients facing a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury, real estate, estate planning, and foreclosure defense.

Jennifer Carroll, who started with the firm in 2012, focuses her legal skillset on representing clients facing foreclosure, and defends more foreclosures than any lawyer in Lake County and practices in all counties of the Chicago area. Attorney Carroll, who serves as co-chair on the debtor-creditor committee of the Lake County Bar Association, also practices in the area of loan modifications, probate and trust administration. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Attorney Katrine Fleishman provides skillful representation for clients needing legal assistance with real estate transactions and estate planning. As a senior associate attorney with Newland & Newland for the last seven years, Attorney Fleishman regularly handles complex legal matters involving wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for health care and property. She volunteers with Wills for Heroes and serves as co-chair of the Lake County Bar Association real estate committee. Katrine has her law degree from Georgetown Law School and a degree from the London School of Economics.

NWSBA Calls on Attorney Gary Newland to Lead as President: Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Joins Virtual Cocktail Party to Celebrate the New Board and Their Diversity

Gary A. Newland

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA)’s incoming President Attorney Gary A. Newland of Newland & Newland, LLP celebrated the installation of new officers and board members at a Zoom cocktail party with over 50 guests on June 18. The officers were sworn in on June 11 outside the temporarily closed 3rd Municipal District Courthouse in Rolling Meadows with masks on. The virtual cocktail party had many highlights, including the honoring of a past NWSBA president, Attorney James P. Tatooles for his 56 years of service. James has been an active trial lawyer for the past 50 years.

Also in attendance at the Zoom Installation Cocktail Party was Attorney and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, the U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 8th congressional district. He was first elected in 2016 to succeed Tammy Duckworth, who gave up the seat to successfully run for the U.S. Senate. Congressman Krishnamoorthi serves on the House Oversight Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Congressman was presented the Truth to Power award from President Newland for his service to the community.

The NWSBA 2020-2021 executive board is made up of a dynamic group of individuals from different ethnicities, backgrounds, and practice areas. The executive board members include the following attorneys: 1st Vice President Mohammad Ahmad; 2nd Vice President Kenneth Apicella; Treasurer Anthony Calzaretta; and Secretary Stephanie Garces Donat. In addition, Attorney Dave Sax will serve as Parliamentarian; Attorney George Sachs will be back-up Parliamentarian; and the attorney for the Association is Adam Berger.

Northwest Suburban Bar Association Awards Timothy C. Evans Scholarship at Annual Meeting


On May 20, 2021, the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) held its annual meeting, where it awarded the Honorable Timothy C. Evans scholarship. Attorney Gary Newland hosted the meeting as president of the NWSBA, and Judge Timothy Evans was in attendance to honor the scholarship recipients Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Harper College President Avis Proctor spoke.

Each year, the Honorable Timothy C. Evans scholarship is awarded to a law student and, for the first time, paralegal students who reside in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on factors including scholastic achievement, financial need, leadership skills, and involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and other school activities.

The NWSBA awarded a $1,550 scholarship to a law school student. The recipient of this scholarship for 2021 is Emily Motin, a student attending Chicago-Kent College of Law. The NWSBA also awarded scholarships to two students who are attending the paralegal program at Harper Community College. The NWSBA funded a $1,550 scholarship, which was awarded to Mia O’Malley, and Newland & Newland, LLP funded a $1,550 scholarship, which was awarded to Chaltu Spray. The president of Harper Community College, Avis Proctor, was present at the meeting and spoke to honor the recipients.

President Newland took time during the meeting to thank those that supported initiatives to work with the community during the pandemic, ensuring that the Bar could make things a little bit better for families. The NWSBA’s initiatives allowed for over 100 financially challenged families to have a Thanksgiving dinner and provided over 100 holiday gifts to children. At the same time, members of the NWSBA were provided over 1,000 hours of training credit to retrain and retool during the pandemic.

Attorney Gary A. Newland Sworn In as President of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association

Gary A. Newland

Gary is a Founder and Partner of Newland & Newland, LLP along with his brother, Attorney Stephen S. Newland. The firm has offices in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Chicago, Itasca, and Crystal Lake. He is an accomplished trial attorney with experience in the following practice areas: Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Wrongful Death. He has successfully tried and settled cases against some of the world’s largest corporations and insurance companies.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, Gary earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Gary has been a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. He was also the youngest person ever elected to the High School District 214 School Board. He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, including Elite Lawyer, Super Lawyers, and Avvo’s 10.0 Top Attorney Rating.

During this unprecedented time in our country, law firms are essential businesses and that is why Newland & Newland, LLP never closed during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the “new normal,” they are evolving and mastering technologies to move society forward under the rule of law. Gary is committed to embracing innovation and change by educating and informing the NWSBA members to manage the shifting of the court process under what appears to be almost daily rule changes.

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