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Illinois Governor Signs into Law Prejudgment Interest Bill

On Friday, May 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the recently passed amendments to 735 ILCS 2-1303 which will allow for prejudgment interest to be collected on judgments at a rate of 6% per annum. The statute does not apply retroactively, and for existing cases the prejudgment interest will begin to accrue on   Continue Reading »

In Rare Reversal, Transportation Company Can Move Case Out of Cook County

The First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a defendant transportation company, allowing the company to transfer its case on forum non conveniens grounds from Cook County to Kane County, where an accident involving one of the company’s trucks and its driver occurred.  It is rare that a trial court’s ruling on a   Continue Reading »

Matt Johnson Presents Webinar to Healthcare Delivery System: “Physician-Nurse Communication: Seven Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls”

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Matthew L. Johnson, recently presented a webinar to approximately 100 health care providers at a J&B client health care delivery system on the topic of physician-nurse communication, and ways in which provider nurses and physicians can communicate in an effective verbal and written fashion as circumstances dictate.  The contemporaneous documentation of   Continue Reading »

Marconi Secures Dismissal with Prejudice of Multi-Million Dollar Malpractice Lawsuit Against Matrimonial Law Firm

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph R. Marconi, secured dismissal with prejudice for his matrimonial law firm client in a heated dispute with a former client.  In this dispute, the matrimonial law firm represented a client in a highly litigious divorce action in Kane County and through its appeal.  Thereafter, the law firm withdrew.  The matrimonial   Continue Reading »

Belongia, Jalalpour Resolve Complex UCC Dispute Enabling Client to Recover $100K from a National Bank

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Mark D. Belongia and Ramses Jalalpour, successfully resolved a dispute between their client, an emergency railroad service company, and one of its vendors. In this matter, the client sent a check to its vendor for more than $100,000.  The check was stolen before it reached the vendor and then deposited into   Continue Reading »

DOL Announces Withdrawal of “Independent Contractor Rule”

On May 5th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the withdrawal of the Trump Administration’s “Independent Contractor Rule.” According to the DOL, the rule was withdrawn to strengthen the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This withdrawal goes into effect on May 6th, 2021. The rule   Continue Reading »

Genevieve LeFevour Discusses the Usage of Body Cams in the Private Security Setting

On April 27, 2021, Genevieve M. LeFevour gave a presentation to the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) and its members on “The Implications of Using Body Cams in the Private Security Setting.” NASCO is the nation’s largest contract security association, representing private security companies that employ more than 500,000 of the nation’s most highly   Continue Reading »

DOL Delays Portions of 2020 Tip Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule delaying portions of the 2020 Tip final rule until December 31, 2021. The remainder of the 2020 Tip final rule will become effective April 30, 2021, including rules that address: A prohibition on employers, including supervisors and managers, keeping tips received by workers, regardless of whether   Continue Reading »

City Council Passes Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance

The Office of Labor Standards announced that the City Council has passed the Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance. The Ordinance grants several protections to Chicago workers and independent contractors that will make it easier to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To read the full Ordinance, click here. If you have any questions about this Ordinance, please reach out   Continue Reading »

PPP Extension Act Extends Application Deadline to May 31

President Biden has signed into effect the PPP Extension Act of 2021. This new Act extends the deadline to file the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application from March 31, 2021 to May 31, 2021. The extension also gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) an additional 30 days, through June 30, 2021, to complete its processing   Continue Reading »
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