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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

EEOC Provides Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine was shipped out two days later to all fifty states. A Moderna vaccine was authorized on December 18, 2020. Inoculations have begun. But where does that leave […]

DOL Revises Regulations Defining “Health Care Workers” Narrows Definition of Who May Be Exempt from FFCRA Leave Entitlements

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised temporary rules related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), P.L. 116-127, which was signed into law on March 18, 2020. These revised rules are effective beginning on September 16, 2020 until December 31, 2020. The revisions were made by the DOL in […]

Rulings in Business Interruption Litigation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the various statewide “shelter-in-place” orders issued across the nation, many businesses have been faced with restricted operations due to social distancing concerns, resulting in reduced business volume or sometimes even total closure. Many of these businesses sought relief from their insurers for loss of revenue and other […]