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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 […]

High Court Decides Religious Exemption Cases

Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon

On July 8, 2020, the United States Supreme Court decided two cases with implications for religious organizations. Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Agnes Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Darryl Biel. Click here for more details.

The U.S. Supreme Court Holds: Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation Or Transgender Status

Lynn Semptimphelter Kopon

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 opinion, that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Bostock v. Clayton County, No. 17-1618. The Court decided that the well-established Title VII protections against discrimination on the basis […]

New Title IX Rules and Regulations

On May 6, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education released its Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX is a federal law that protects all persons in the United States from being denied equal access to education on the basis of […]