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Preparing Skilled Care Facilities for COVID-19 Litigation

Mollie N. Werwas

While much of the United States is celebrating the lifting of many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and returning to a greater sense of normalcy, for nursing homes and long term care facilities, the prospect of COVID-related litigation still looms.   According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (the “GOA”), as of January, 2021, 94% of U.S. nursing […]

Illinois Prejudgment Interest Act Effective July 1, 2021

On May 28, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 72 providing for prejudgment interest on all damages in personal injury and wrongful death claims at the rate of six percent (6%) per year. Prior to now, Illinois law did not provide for the award of prejudgment interest in tort actions for […]

EEOC Provides Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Since December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of three COVID-19 vaccines. As of June 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than 177.3 million people had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 150 million of those people were […]

Kopon Airdo Presents at LeadingAge Illinois 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo

Michael Airdo and Mollie Werwas are presenting on a series of topics for the LeadingAge Illinois 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo, that is being held virtually this year from June 22-24, 2021.  Michael and Mollie are speaking on the topic of “Crisis Response: What to Do When Media, Law Enforcement, and Regulatory Agencies are at […]

2021 Kopon Airdo Nursing Home Litigation Manual

By Mollie E. Werwas, Mark J. Kimzey, Sean D. Hurley, Amanda J. Walsh, and Julie A. Black Our updated comprehensive reference guide for nursing home and long-term care facility administrators, risk managers, and staff is now available. The new 2021 Nursing Home Litigation Manual discusses the legal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care facilities, […]

Update to Illinois Bill Seeking to Impose Prejudgment Interest in Tort Actions

We previously reported on the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of a prejudgment interest bill that would have imposed interest at a rate of nine percent (9%) per year on all damages in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Illinois. (See February 23, 2021, Blog).  On March 25, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker vetoed House […]

Illinois Court Rules Against Insurer in Consolidated Business Interruption Litigation

On February 22, 2021, an Illinois federal court ruled in favor of policyholders seeking coverage under their insurance policies for their business losses due to the COVID-19. In a consolidated ruling, District Judge Edmond Chang in the Northern District Court of Illinois denied motions to dismiss filed by Society Insurance (“Society”) in three lawsuits related […]

2021 IADC Corporate Counsel College

Andrew Kopon Jr., serving as the 2021 International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Corporate Counsel College Dean, is pleased to announce that the IADC Corporate Counsel College (IADC CCC) program was held virtually on April 15 and 16, 2021. The IADC CCC is designed for corporate counsel to stay abreast of the leading edge issues […]

Illinois Bill Seeks to Impose Prejudgment Interest in Tort Actions

Up until now, Illinois law has not provided for prejudgment interest in personal injury or wrongful death tort cases. This may change if House Bill 3360, which was passed by the Illinois General Assembly on January 13, 2021, is not vetoed by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The Bill amends the State’s judgment interest statute and adds […]

Kopon Airdo Releases 2021 Employment Law Manual

Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon

Kopon Airdo LLC has released the 2021 Kopon Airdo Employment Law Manual. This work is a comprehensive reference guide for employers. The Employment Law Manual includes an explanation of major Federal employment law statutes updated with recent judicial and legislative developments. It also includes some discussion of state law developments, especially where such developments are […]