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Proposed 9% Prejudgment Interest in Illinois – An Assessment of Its Impact

Illinois’ proposed bill to allow for prejudgment interest (PJI) in personal injury and wrongful death cases is raising eyebrows among the defense bar, insurers, and businesses. We can provide some insight based on our experience practicing in Indiana which also allows for recovery of PJI in tort cases.  Indiana has had a statutory provision for   Continue Reading »

Telemedicine Doctor Visits Count Under FMLA to Establish Serious Health Conditions

Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reiterates that the DOL will allow telemedicine visits (health care appointments held via video conference) to qualify as in-person appointments during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees up to 12 workweeks of leave for, among other things, serious   Continue Reading »

Illinois Proposes Adding 9% Annual Prejudgment Interest to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In an effort to “…get litigation moving,” Illinois lawmakers recently passed a bill that will add 9% prejudgment interest to awards in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Under the new bill, interest will begin to accrue as soon as a defendant has “notice” of the injury or receives written notice of a potential claim.   Continue Reading »

Northern District Suspends In-Person Proceedings until April

On January 12th, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued Order 20-0012. This new Order supersedes General Order 20-0033. The order is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Court has ordered that, while the Court will remain open, all in-person proceedings will be suspended until April 5, 2021. The   Continue Reading »

DOL Issues Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

On January 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status, meaning the business they perform work for does not have to pay them either minimum wage or overtime, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will go into effect   Continue Reading »

Julie Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela Kotsalieff, and Alan Kus Promoted to Shareholder at Johnson & Bell

Johnson & Bell is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys Julie J. Busch, Ramses Jalalpour, Angela M. Kotsalieff, and Alan M. Kus have been promoted to Shareholder at the firm.  “We are proud to welcome these four promising attorneys to the rank of Shareholder,” said Joseph R. Marconi, president of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. “They   Continue Reading »

First Municipal District Orders All Mandatory Arbitrations Be Conducted Via Video

On December 23rd, 2020, Presiding Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. of the First Municipal District of Cook County Circuit Court ordered that all Mandatory Arbitration hearings scheduled between January 1st and February 5th, 2021 will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Arbitration center staff are directed to contact all parties involved by email to provide notice of   Continue Reading »

Illinois Supreme Court Approves Timeline for Expansion of Remote Access Policy

On December 18th, 2020, The Illinois Supreme Court announced the approval of Order M.R.18368, which lays out the timeline for the expansion of the Remote Access Policy (RAP) for User Group 5 Illinois licensed attorneys and legal services. Remote access to court documents is becoming more and more crucial as the COVID-19 crisis progresses. This   Continue Reading »

ABA Issues Opinion on Ethical Issues for Lawyers Practicing Remotely from Unlicensed State During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, more and more attorneys have been working remotely.  Some of these attorneys have temporary residences in a state different from where they are licensed to practice law. As such, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released formal ethics opinion 495 (Formal Opinion 495) addressing this situation.   Continue Reading »

Madison County Administrative Order - Extension of Previous Order to February 1, 2021

On December 21st, 2020, the Third Judicial Circuit of Madison County, Illinois, released Administrative Order 2020-M-36, which concerns the resurgence of COVID-19. The Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit extends previous administrative Order limiting all matters to only essential court matters and proceedings, from January 4, 2021 to February 1, 2021. During this time,   Continue Reading »
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