Hepler Broom, LLC

Seventh Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment for Construction Contractors, Finding No Duty Owed to Plaintiff

October 29, 2020

This blog post was written by HeplerBroom Summer Associate Ryan J. Chancellor. Partner Elizabeth Dyer Kellett also contributed to the post. In Jeffords, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana’s order granting summary judgment to the defendants. It found no duty of care could […]

Seventh Circuit Affirms Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Illinois

October 27, 2020

This blog post was written by HeplerBroom Summer Associate Chioma Chukwu-Smith. Partner Elizabeth Dyer Kellett also contributed to the post. In J.S.T. Corp. v. Foxconn Interconnect Tech. Ltd., 965 F.3d 571 (7th Cir. 2020), Plaintiff J.S.T. Corporation (“J.S.T.”) sued Defendants TE Connectivity Corporation (“TEC”) and Foxconn Interconnect (“Foxconn”) for misappropriation of trade secrets and unjust […]

Illinois Employers Face New Minimum Wages, Higher Gas Taxes, and New Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections

October 22, 2020

This blog post was written by HeplerBroom Summer Associate Andrew E. Gilkerson. Partner Elizabeth Dyer Kellett also contributed to the post. Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation to increase the gas tax and the statewide minimum wage annually. This year the gas tax increased only a fraction of a cent (from $0.38 per gallon to […]

Products Liability Trials in the Midst of a Pandemic

October 21, 2020

Recently, Alameda County Superior Court in California conducted a jury trial on a products liability claim for asbestos exposures. The jury selection process was carried out electronically via Zoom, and the entire trial was conducted virtually. Several issues were raised about conducting the trial remotely, including judge, jurors, witness, and/or counsel speaking without muting and […]

Let’s Hash This Out: General Questions About Cannabis

October 20, 2020

As Missouri gears up for medical marijuana to possibly become available this month (with one licensed dispensary already doing a “dry run”), the nation has been slowly addressing the legality of marijuana. Just last month, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (“MORE”) Act was slated to be on the House floor, only to be delayed […]

“Testing the Waters” Theory Doesn’t Always Hold Water in the Fifth District

October 15, 2020

This blog post was written by HeplerBroom Summer Associate Patricia L. Pfeiffer. Partner Elizabeth Dyer Kellett also contributed to the post. Under Illinois statute 735 ILCS 5/2-1001(a)(2), every party to a case has an absolute right for one substitution of judge. As long as the judge has not made rulings on any substantial issues in […]

Death, Deletion, and Marital Privilege Won’t Protect Incriminating Text Messages in the Second District

October 13, 2020

This blog post was written by HeplerBroom Summer Associate Weston T. Stoddard. Partner Elizabeth Dyer Kellett also contributed to the post. In People v. Gliniewicz, 2020 IL App (2d) 190412, the Illinois Court of Appeals, Second District reversed the Lake County Circuit Court and held that Defendant, Melody Gliniewicz, voluntarily waived any marital privilege that […]

Environmental Attorneys’ Amici Briefs Get It Right

October 8, 2020

HeplerBroom boasts several of Illinois’ premier environmental-law lawyers, and recently those colleagues were asked to prepare an amicus brief on behalf of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group in an appeal pending in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC, No. 18-3644. The matter involves the non-profit Network’s assertion […]

First District Affirms Summary Judgment Due to Lack of Notice; Rules No Legal Duty Owed Based on the Defendant Business Owner’s Internal Safety Policy

October 6, 2020

In Tafoya-Cruz v. Temperance Beer Company, LLC, et al., 2020 Il App (1st) 190606, the Illinois Appellate Court First District recently upheld a trial court’s grant of summary judgment on the plaintiff’s slip-and-fall claim in favor of the defendant’s brewery. The decision is noteworthy because it provides a good example of defeating the argument of […]

Missouri Court of Appeals Hands Down Reminder that Not All Remedial Measures are Inadmissible

October 2, 2020

On August 28, 2014, Patricia Watson suffered multiple facial fractures and other injuries while riding her bicycle in St. Peters, Missouri. Watson was riding on the sidewalk and flipped head-first over the handlebars when the front wheel of her bicycle went into a sump inlet that the City had installed on the sidewalk. Watson sued […]

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.