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Shifting Attorney’s Fees Under Illinois’ Nursing Home Care Act: Another Form of Abuse

May 16, 2019

The Nursing Home Care Act (“Act”) was born of concerns about reports of inadequate or improper treatment of residents in such facilities and provided residents with a cause of action against those facilities. To encourage residents, residents’ families, and attorneys to bring claims against nursing homes, the Act originally provided that a resident whose rights […]

New USEPA Clean Water Act Guidance on Groundwater Previews Supreme Court Position and Applies in Illinois, Missouri, and 34 Other States

April 22, 2019

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“Agency”) issued guidance on April 15, 2019, “clarifying” that releases of pollutants from point sources to groundwater are not subject to the Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements. The Agency, however, announced that its interpretation only applies to states outside the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, because those Courts of Appeal […]

Involuntary Discharges and Transfers in Illinois: A Guide for Nursing Homes in the Pre-Hearing Stage

April 22, 2019

Illinois law provides specific rules that nursing homes must follow when discharging or transferring a resident when the resident does not agree to the discharge/transfer (an “involuntary discharge/transfer”). 210 ILCS 45/3-401 et seq. If the resident requests a hearing on the discharge/transfer, an attorney must represent the nursing home during the hearing/appeal process if the […]

Navigating the Rules for Nursing Home Involuntary Discharges/Transfers in Missouri: Steps to Follow Before the Resident Appeals

April 20, 2019

Under certain circumstances, Missouri nursing homes may discharge or transfer a resident even when the resident does not agree to the discharge/transfer (an “involuntary discharge/transfer”). If the resident appeals the discharge/transfer, Missouri law requires that an attorney represent the nursing home during the hearing/appeal process if the nursing home is operated by a corporate entity. […]

Illinois Senate Bill 1596—Employers’ Civil Liability to Employees

April 4, 2019

On November 4, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Appellate Court of Illinois, for the First District in Folta v. Ferro Engineering. The Supreme Court held that the Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act provides the exclusive remedy for an employee’s injury arising out of and in the course […]

Seventh Circuit Draws a Line on Awards of Injunctive Relief Under RCRA

March 12, 2019

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) authorizes a citizen suit against “any person” who has violated “any permit, standard, regulation, condition, requirement, prohibition, or order which has become effective pursuant to this chapter,” or “who has contributed or who is contributing to the past or present handling, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of […]

No Poaching—New Meaning for Employers At the Intersection of Employment Practices and Antitrust

February 26, 2019

This is not about restrictions on how you cook your eggs or hunt game out of season. But read on if you are an employer and want to know about a serious and growing antitrust risk, heightened by federal and state antitrust enforcement as well as private litigation. Agreements to refrain from soliciting another company’s […]

Contemplating a Sizable Merger, Acquisition or Joint Venture?–Updated HSR Merger Notification Threshold Tests for Federal Antitrust Review Apply in March 2019

February 21, 2019

February 20, 2019 – On February 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published increased reporting thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). The new thresholds represent an approximate 6.6 percent increase over last year’s thresholds. They are expected to be published in the Federal Register during the week of […]

Get Ready for a Wild Ride: The Illinois Supreme Court Decides that a Bare Violation of BIPA Supports a Cause of Action, with No Actual Injury Required

January 29, 2019

The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) establishes safeguards and procedures relating to the retention, collection, disclosure, and destruction of biometric data. Passed in October 2008, BIPA is intended to protect a person’s unique biological traits—the data encompassed in a person’s fingerprint, voice print, retinal scan, or facial geometry. This information is the most sensitive data […]