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Municipal Authority and Liability During COVID-19 Pandemic

Municipal Authority and Liability During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our world in a variety of ways we could have never imagined. Opinions on the danger of the virus and how to deal with it also vary greatly. Perhaps the primary issue in the United States, and other countries, is how to balance public health and safety against the economic strain of mandated business shutdowns or restrictions. While the health, safety, and welfare of their constituents remains the top priority of most elected officials, pressure from the business community to help ensure its survivability has intensified during the recent coronavirus resurgence.


Categories COVID19 General Litigation Legal Updates


Businesses Face Criminal Penalties Yet Gain Protection Under Illinois Mask Rules

Businesses Face Criminal Penalties Yet Gain Protection Under Illinois Mask Rules

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On August 11, 2020, Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker was successful in a second attempt to criminalize business owners who fail to enforce his mask rules. Under Illinois’ new mask rule, local police and prosecutors may impose criminal fines up to $2,500 to enforce his emergency mask order.


Categories Business Law Business Services COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage


Employers Can Be Fined $2,500 For Failure To Enforce Mask Rules

Employers Can Be Fined $2,500 For Failure To Enforce Mask Rules

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On August 11, 2020, Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker was successful in a second attempt to criminalize business owners who fail to enforce his mask rules. Under Illinois’ new mask rule, local police and prosecutors may impose criminal fines up to $2,500 to enforce his emergency mask order.


Categories Business Law Business Services COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation


COVID-19, Job Loss, Too Many Bills: Is Bankruptcy The Solution For You?

COVID-19, Job Loss, Too Many Bills: Is Bankruptcy The Solution For You?

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The first blog in a four part series about filing for a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy.
By Sara E. Cook

Often when a large corporation files for bankruptcy, you will hear that it is the right business decision, it gives them a chance to right size, change direction, get rid of unprofitable businesses and on and on. There is no stigma, it is just another business decision, and often heralded as the right one. Individuals, however, often see an individual bankruptcy as a sign of their failure or inadequacy. They avoid even entertaining the idea for fear of the stigma, the perceived shame and guilt for not paying bills. But the very same conditions that afflict large corporations, afflict individuals and families trying to survive in a world of low pay, pandemic, high child care costs, medical bills, furloughs and on and on. For all the same reasons bankruptcy makes sense for a big business, it may make sense for an individual or family and it should not be a shameful or guilt filled decision.


Categories Bankruptcy Services COVID19 General Litigation


Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 and CARES Act Benefits for Bankruptcy Filers

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 and CARES Act Benefits for Bankruptcy Filers

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During economic hardships, small businesses may need to utilize the oft option of filing for bankruptcy protection to reorganize their debt. Bankruptcy often is considered a last resort option. Yet, it provides a powerful mechanism for individuals and small businesses to reorganize and manage their debt. The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) added Subchapter V to chapter 11 of Bankruptcy Code to further assist qualifying businesses with debt relief. 11 U.S.C. §§ 1181-1195. The Debtor friendly provisions added to the Bankruptcy Code with Subchapter V of chapter 11, make reorganizing debt a more streamlined and less expensive process for small businesses.


Categories Banking and Lending Bankruptcy Litigation-Creditors Bankruptcy Services COVID19


Employers Should Have a COVID-19-Return-to-Work Plan Before Reopening

Employers Should Have a COVID-19-Return-to-Work Plan Before Reopening

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As more states loosen the COVID-19 Shelter in Place laws and people begin to return to previously sheltered business, it is essential that businesses have a plan for how that return to work will look and, equally important, convey relevant portions of the plan to its employees.

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Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Health Care Law Insurance Coverage Legal Updates


COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

COVID 19 Pandemic-Notice To Insurers-Who To Notify And When

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The landscape of insurance coverage in this era of the COVID-19 Pandemic is likely to change as insurance lawsuits are being filed to determine scope of insurance coverage. Meanwhile, in direct response to COVID-19, several states are attempting to modify Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance policies through legislation to provide coverage, particularly business interruption insurance, post hoc-after the fact. President Trump has commented that businesses have paid premiums for business interruption insurance for years and relief should be available to insureds. It is important for businesses to take precautionary measures to preserve whatever coverages might be available, especially as the case law and legislation changes to meet the COVID-19 pandemic.


Categories Business Law COVID19 General Litigation Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Defense Legal Updates Medical Malpractice Defense


COVID –19 Relief Programs  For  Small Businesses

COVID –19 Relief Programs For Small Businesses

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Different programs are available to assist small businesses during this COVID-19 disaster which has swept the country. Small businesses employ over 50% of our employed workers, and are straddled with great challenges in trying to navigate this crisis. Various sources are being developed to help small businesses, which may make the difference between survival and liquidation. These include loans, loans with forgiveness and outright grants with no repayment.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Legal Updates McKenna News & Events


Illinois COVID-19 Executive Order 17 Extends Immunity To Healthcare Professions

Illinois COVID-19 Executive Order 17 Extends Immunity To Healthcare Professions

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Illinois issued an executive order to protect healthcare workers against liability for negligent treatment of COVID-19 patients.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Legal Updates


Insurance Coverage And The COVID 19 Pandemic

Insurance Coverage And The COVID 19 Pandemic

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As more than a billion people are under some sort of quarantine law and numerous US states and foreign countries have “shelter in place” laws now shuttering many businesses, COVID 19 has caused a financial crisis for many businesses.


Categories COVID19 Employment Law General Litigation Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Defense Legal Updates


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