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Insurance Coverage Disputes Related to COVID-19 Are Percolating

Just a quick note that Johnson & Bell’s Insurance Coverage Team is monitoring new filings of insurance coverage disputes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We also are assessing the various arguments for and against coverage for Business Income Loss and Civil Authority provisions.  Granted, these early filings are only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg”   Continue Reading »

Federal Reserve Issues Term Sheet for Main Street Loans to Small and Mid-Size Companies

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, who regularly works with family and privately held companies, reports that the Federal Reserve has finally released a term sheet for its Main Street New Loan Facility targeting small to mid-size companies with up to 10,000 employees.  The Fed will be backstopping lenders up to 95% on loans   Continue Reading »

Companies Can’t Retaliate Against Workers Reporting Unsafe Conditions During Pandemic

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, who works with a number of companies on their employment issues, shares a reminder with employers from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  OSHA issued a press announcement to employers that it is illegal to retaliate against workers because they report unsafe conditions or   Continue Reading »

Cook County Launches Fund Targeting Suburban Cook County Businesses

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia, who works with privately and family held companies, notes that the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has launched The Cook County Community Recovery Fund for businesses in suburban Cook County.  The fund will provided rapid relief loans for small businesses, gig workers and independent contractors. This loan   Continue Reading »

CARES Act -- An Aggressive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Christopher J. Carlos, provides an overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act is intended to provide vital economic support for families, individuals and businesses of all sizes. Related Items: More Financial Support Available to Business — The PPP and EIDL Initiatives Chicago Launches   Continue Reading »

“Emerging Lawyer” Martha Drouet Featured in Leading Lawyer Magazine

Johnson & Bell Attorney, Martha E. Drouet, is the focus of a feature story in Leading Lawyer Magazine.  Ms. Drouet is a member of our Healthcare Group, where she defends hospitals and medical practitioners against medical malpractice, Nursing Home Act and general negligence claims. As the article notes, she brings a strong creative, yet analytical   Continue Reading »

More Financial Support Available to Small Business -- The PPP and EIDL Initiatives

The Small Business Administration is rolling out two financing programs to help small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).  We have highlighted components and eligibility requirements for each program.  If you have questions, please contact Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Mark D. Belongia or Joseph F. Spitzzeri, or the   Continue Reading »

The Illinois WARN Act – How It Affects Workforce Reduction Initiatives

For the first time in recent memory, Illinois is not “open for business.”  Either are many businesses in our surrounding states. There are a number of retailers, small businesses and large companies that are addressing “stay-at-home” employees who are without the ability to conduct “work-from-home” business.  For these companies, the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them with   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Affirms Granting of Partial Summary Judgment for Defendants in Dispute Over Independent Contractor/Agency Relationship

Overview: In an opinion issued in early February 2020, the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s granting of partial summary judgment in favor of two defendants – the broker who assigned hauling jobs and its related entity which supplied the tractor-trailer to the driver.  In this case, the district court concluded that the driver was   Continue Reading »

Chicago Launches Small Business Resiliency Fund

The City of Chicago has launched the $100 million Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide small businesses and non-profits with emergency cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fund is structured to complement the new federal Paycheck Protection Program that the Small Business Administration will launch shortly.  For more information about the Resiliency Fund, please   Continue Reading »
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