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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fracking Studies Find That Fracking Operations Are Not Causing Groundwater Contamination

September 25, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—involves pumping water mixed with sand and chemicals deep underground to create cracks in a shale formation to allow oil or natural gas to be recovered. Concern has been raised that these cracks will allow the fracking chemicals and/or methane gas to contaminate the groundwater near the fracking operation. Two recent studies dispel this […]

The “That’s For Me To Know and You to Find Out” Approach to Reservation of Rights Letters Rejected in Missouri

September 17, 2014

He drove a blue Volkswagen Rabbit to the United States Supreme Court for many years. He wrote so many lone dissents in his first years on the court that he was dubbed the “Lone Ranger”. Years after he became Chief Justice, William Rehnquist added four gold stripes to the sleeves of his judicial robes, in […]

It’s About Fracking Time …. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Releases Revised Proposed Fracking Rules

September 11, 2014

It has been over a year since Illinois took the first step towards regulated high-volume hydraulic fracking by passing the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act225 ILCS 732/1-1 et seq.  Under the Act, high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations require a permit.  But a permit could not be obtained until the Illinois Department of Natural Resources published […]

“Not Compensable” Does Not Always Mean “Not Covered”: Using Conflicts Law to Bar Civil Actions Arising From Injuries Subject to Another State’s Workers’ Compensation Statute

September 10, 2014

On June 27, 2014, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, held that a plaintiff’s common-law negligence action against her decedent’s employer was not barred by the exclusive remedy provision of Illinois’ workers’ compensation statutes[1] because her work comp claim would have been non-compensable as untimely under the law’s repose provisions. The Decedent was allegedly […]

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.