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Nursing Home Litigation Manual

By Mollie E. Werwas, Mark J. Kimzey, and Sean D. Hurley Nursing homes provide a valuable service for some of the most care-dependent individuals in our society.  And yet, nursing homes and long-term care facilities face a myriad of challenges in the current legal environment.  Facilities are called upon to care for an increasing number […]

Complimentary Webinar: Nursing Home Best Practices for Charting, Care Plans, and Incident Reports


On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Kopon Airdo, LLC will present our Complimentary Webinar, Nursing Home Best Practices for Charting, Care Plans, and Incident Reports.  While nursing home documents should be the key to a winning defense, too often, they end up being used against the facility when a lawsuit is filed.  Errors in documentation can […]

Seventh Circuit Ruling on Leaves of Absence as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Maureen Murphy

On September 20, 2017, the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, interpreting the “reasonable accommodation” requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, held that the  Act does not require employers to provide employees with a long-term leave of absence that exceeds the leave time granted to employees by the Family Medical Leave Act and the […]

Department of Labor Overtime Rule Invalidated

Maureen Murphy

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the DOL Overtime Rule previously announced on May 18, 2016.  The Overtime Rule, which was to take effect on December 1, 2016, required employees to earn at least $913/week or $47,476/year in order to be considered an exempt […]

Complimentary Webinar: The National Labor Relations Act and You

Maureen Murphy

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017,  Kopon Airdo, LLC hosted our Complimentary Webinar, The National Labor Relations Act and You: How the NLRA Applies to Non-Union Organizations. Maureen Murphy discussed the law surrounding the National Labor Relations Act and addressed the following topics: An overview of the National Labor Relations Act The role of the National […]

Kopon Airdo Selected to Present at 2017 FETTI Conference


Mollie Werwas was selected by the National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) to present its National FETTI Annual Conference, on October 5, 2017, at the Union League Club in Chicago, Illinois. Mollie presented a session entitled, “The Dog Ate My Policy: Determining Coverage When the Policy is Lost,” that addressed the perspectives of both […]

Enforcing Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Resident Contracts


The United States Supreme Court decision of Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark, along with federal regulatory action, has cleared the way for nursing homes in Illinois to adopt enforceable arbitration agreements as part of standard resident contracts.  For nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, these developments, which void prior prohibitions on arbitration agreements, allow […]

Andrew Kopon Jr. Elected President of the International Association of Defense Counsel


Kopon Airdo, LLC is pleased to announce that Andrew Kopon Jr. has been elected to serve as the next President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC has a distinguished international membership of insurance and corporate lawyers and executives who are world leaders in their fields. Membership in the IADC is subject to a rigorous […]

Lynn S. Kopon Wins Asylum Case Before Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice

Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon

Recently, Lynn S. Kopon was successful in obtaining asylum status for her pro bono clients, Karen H. and Victor P., before the Immigration Court of the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Chicago. Lynn successfully argued and presented evidence that the mother and her sixteen-year-old son were fleeing gang persecution […]

Mollie Werwas Presents at PRIMA Conference


On June 5 and 6, Mollie Werwas presented at the annual Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) Conference, in Phoenix, Arizona.  Attendees at the conference included claims professionals and risk managers for municipalities, school districts, and other public entities from across the country.  Mollie presented three education sessions, on topics including spoliation of evidence, managing social […]