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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 »

Illinois Supreme Court Issues New Rule 44 on Photography and Video in the Courtroom

On December 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Illinois adopted Rule 44, addressing photography and video in the court room, and Amended Rule 63 regarding the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently. In the new Rule 44, the taking of photographs in the courtroom during sessions of the court or recesses between proceedings and   Continue Reading »

Cook County Law Division Delays Jury Trials Until Summer 2021

Cook County Law Division Presiding Judge, James P. Flannery, Jr., ordered all jury trials delayed until June 30, 2021.  Non-jury trials scheduled to take place during the next six months can proceed via zoom or other remote video methods or their trial dates may be reset at the discretion of the assigned judge.  For more   Continue Reading »
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