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For Convenience Sake: How Hospitals Can Utilize the Doctrine of Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens to Transfer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits to More Convenient Forums

June 1, 2020

In general, Illinois law requires that a lawsuit be commenced “(1) in the county of residence of any defendant who is joined in good faith and with probable cause for the purpose of obtaining a judgment against him or her and not solely for the purpose of fixing venue in that county, or (2) in […]

County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund: What Happens Now?

May 28, 2020

Cases decided by federal courts in Illinois and the Seventh Circuit have held that groundwater does not implicate the CWA, even if there exists a hydrological connection between groundwater and navigable waters.  In Vill. of Oconomowoc Lake v. Dayton Hudson Corp., 24 F.3d 962, 965 (7th Cir. 1994), the Seventh Circuit opined that “we are […]

USEPA Announces Revised Interpretation of “Begin Actual Construction” under New Source Review Regulations

May 18, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) published on its website a draft memorandum entitled “Interpretation of ‘Begin Actual Construction’ Under the New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Regulations” (“draft memorandum”). The draft memorandum announces that USEPA is adopting a revised interpretation of “begin actual construction” that will allow a source owner […]

Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses a COVID-19 outbreak in Johnson County Jail and steps to open the Indianapolis area economy as it moves to Phase 2. HEALTH As discussed in a prior update, Johnson County Jail had a high rate of COVID-19 infections. The County has now tested the remaining 231 inmates, resulting in 104 positive tests. The […]

Missouri Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses Missouri state park campgrounds opening and a select few St. Louis Public Libraries set to reopen. Additionally, this update discusses a lawsuit filed in Boone County. SOCIAL LIFE Missouri state parks that had previously opened for limited activities will open their campgrounds next week. Existing reservations will be honored, and the parks […]

Illinois Government Responses to COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses the possibility of Illinois moving to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s five-phase plan. Additionally, this update discusses an Illinois website to help those unemployed and Legislator Darren Bailey’s amended lawsuit against Governor Pritzker. HEALTH Before moving to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan, a region must meet certain milestones, including to […]

Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/14/2020

May 14, 2020

Today’s updates discusses a change in projections for the State of Indiana after reopening has been in effect. Additionally, this update discusses new testing sites opening. HEALTH As previously reported, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projected that Indiana would experience 6,247 deaths by August 4 as a result […]

Missouri Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/14/2020

May 14, 2020

Today’s updates discusses reopening Missouri malls and casinos. Additionally, this update discusses The St. Louis Area Foodbank establishing mobile markets and a lawsuit against Washington University for tuition reimbursement. ECONOMY Although the State of Missouri began to reopen May 4, certain businesses such as malls, gyms, and casinos have remained closed. However, the Galleria, Plaza […]

Illinois Government Responses to COVID-19 – Updated 5/14/2020

May 14, 2020

Today’s updates discusses plans for the Illinois General Assembly to reconvene. Additionally, this update discusses Adams County’s resolution to reopen, and Governor Pritzker’s response to Illinois counties defying his stay-at-home order. Further, the Governor has reached an agreement with the Archdiocese of Chicago to resume services; yet, a federal judge denied a request for a […]

Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/13/2020

May 13, 2020

Today’s updates discusses the Indianapolis Mayor’s announcement on reopening and a new testing clinic, which opens today in Hamilton County. ECONOMY Indianapolis’ Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine from the Marion County Public Health Department announced that the Indianapolis area will move to phase two of reopening on Friday. The county will implement changes […]

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.