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Three Level Cervical Fusion Surgery Policy Demand: Settled for High Costs of Defense

Three Level Cervical Fusion Surgery Policy Demand: Settled for High Costs of Defense

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Attorney Alex Sweis recently settled a high exposure cervical fusion claim for a high cost of defense, take it or leave it offer. The plaintiff in the case allegedly sustained cervical herniations at levels C3-C6.

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Categories General Litigation Insurance Litigation Defense


Illinois’ New Tool Against Discriminatory Pay: The No Salary History Law

Illinois’ New Tool Against Discriminatory Pay: The No Salary History Law

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Governor Pritzker signed into law the No Salary History Law, which will advance equal pay in Illinois. The No Salary History Law will strengthen both the Federal Equal Pay Act and Illinois’ Equal Pay Act by prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s past wages during the hiring process.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation


Which Pronoun Fits Your Employee?

Which Pronoun Fits Your Employee?

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I was recently at a seminar at a large university where the speaker stood at the podium and stated, “Hi, my name is… and the pronouns I most identify with are “ze, zirzirs.” The next speaker did the same, only this time the pronouns were “ze, hir and hirs.” A couple sitting next to me whispered to each other, “What’s a pronoun?” “Pronouns are he or she.” “Why did she say he?”


Categories Employment Law General Litigation


Unexpected Finding at Autopsy of a Perforated Duodenal Ulcer Results in Winning Verdict for a Cardiologist and Five Other Defendants Retrospectively Charged with Medical Negligence

Unexpected Finding at Autopsy of a Perforated Duodenal Ulcer Results in Winning Verdict for a Cardiologist and Five Other Defendants Retrospectively Charged with Medical Negligence

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In March and April Julie Ramson and Dawn Ehrenberg won a case involving a young woman, age 22, who passed away from sepsis following a ruptured duodenal ulcer. The ulcer was not discovered until autopsy because the young woman was admitted with generalized weakness, neurological abnormalities, an abnormal EKG and hypertension.


Categories General Litigation Medical Malpractice Defense


Illinois Supreme Court Decision Opens Door To Increase In BIPA Litigation

Illinois Supreme Court Decision Opens Door To Increase In BIPA Litigation

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The Illinois Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is a blow to businesses that collect biometric information and identifiers (biometric data), and will likely lead to a flood of litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).


Categories General Litigation


Is Deposing a Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians Worth it?

Is Deposing a Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians Worth it?

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Plaintiff’s 213F disclosures will contain the treating physicians that plaintiff intends to call at trial. These “treaters” are the physicians who treated the plaintiff for his alleged injuries. These can range from emergency room physicians, primary care doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, pain doctors and physical therapists.


Categories General Litigation


Employers Beware: Chicago Minimum Wage Increases in 2019

Employers Beware: Chicago Minimum Wage Increases in 2019

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Chicago’s minimum wage is already the highest in the state and due to increase on July 1, 2019. Employers need to be ready for not only the overall increase in minimum wage, but also the commensurate increase in employee expectations and overtime that will go along with the Chicago minimum wage increase.


Categories General Litigation


What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

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The incoming governor-elect of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker has promised to pass legislation that legalizes the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in Illinois for adults over the age of 21.


Categories Banking and Lending General Litigation


Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

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To most attorneys, alternative dispute resolution means resolving a case through either mediation or arbitration. A third rarely used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is binding mediation. In the right situation, binding mediation may yield better results for all of the parties. In this article, we discuss the various alternative dispute resolution options and drill down on the benefits of binding mediation.


Categories General Litigation


Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

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I. Consider the Following Scenario…

Pretend that you are an investor in a new restaurant with a chef who desires to leave her current position. She thinks she will run an amazing restaurant.In addition, she even learned some delicious secret recipes from her current employer!


Categories Business Law General Litigation


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