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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


Understanding Money Damages for Trade Secrets Misappropriation under Federal and Illinois Law

Understanding Money Damages for Trade Secrets Misappropriation under Federal and Illinois Law

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Both federal law and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (765 ILCS 1065/et seq.) allow a person to recover money damages caused by the misappropriation of trade secrets. 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1836. Generally, a “trade secret” is information kept confidential for economically advantageous reasons. See 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1839(3). Trade secrets often consist of technical or business information, such as, for example, designs, codes, prototypes, procedures, or plans. See 765 ILCS 1065/4; 18 U.S.C. § 1839(3). In some instances, a trade secret may include lists of customers and/or potential customers. 765 ILCS 1065/4.


Categories General Litigation Legal Updates Privacy and Data Security Litigation


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


Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

Illinois Employers Shelter In Place Order – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreaks

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Less than three weeks ago, I wrote a blog regarding why employers needed to be prepared for the reality that the Corona COVID – 19 virus could shut down business. At that time, there had only been two confirmed Illinois cases – three weeks later, Illinois has over 1,000 known cases of COVID 19s, the Governor has issued a “shelter in place” order for all non-essential workers, and employers are forced to face a reality that their workplace and workforce may never look the same.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates McKenna News & Events


IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

IDHR’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – Available March 31, 2020

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All Illinois employers must provide yearly sexual harassment prevention training starting this year. Illinois Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) , Section 2-109,requiring Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020, and then annually thereafter.


Categories Employment Law General Litigation Legal Updates


Issues to Consider When Financial Institutions Provide Banking for Cannabis Related Businesses in Illinois

Issues to Consider When Financial Institutions Provide Banking for Cannabis Related Businesses in Illinois

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Since January 1, 2020, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act has legalized the production, sale, transport and consumption of recreational cannabis.[1] The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act also legalized banking for Cannabis Related Businesses (CRB’s) in Illinois, stating that financial institutions assisting CRB’s, such as banks or credit unions, are exempt from state criminal laws.[2]


Categories Banking and Lending Banking Services General Litigation Legal Updates


ISERRA- New Illinois Military Leave Law Now in Effect

ISERRA- New Illinois Military Leave Law Now in Effect

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Illinois has a new law protecting Illinois service members’ employment rights while they are serving and protecting our country.


Categories Employment Law Legal Updates


Illinois’ 6 Person Jury Unconstitutional

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Approximately one year after a public law went into effect limiting the size of a civil jury to 6 persons, the Illinois Supreme Court has deemed the act unconstitutional.


Categories Legal Updates


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