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Catalytic Converter Theft: A Legal Perspective on the Growing Risk

One of the top issues facing organizations that manage fleet vehicles, or provide employees with automobiles, is the significant rise in reported thefts of Catalytic Converters from individual vehicles. Across the country, insurance claims of catalytic converter (“CAT”) thefts have increased from 4,500 to 18,000 between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021 — an […]

Michael Airdo and Mollie Werwas Presented on New CMS Rule Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers

Michael Airdo and Mollie Werwas recently presented to a group of long-term care facility clients regarding the new CMS Rule that took effect on November 5, 2021.  This Rule requires staff at all facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022.  The presentation addressed the requirements […]

Update On OSHA ETS Vaccination Mandate

November 17, 2021 The ever-evolving legal landscape of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) mandating that employers with 100-plus employees require their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing changed again yesterday. On Tuesday, November 16th, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation conducted a lottery and assigned the consolidated cases challenging the new OSHA mandate to […]

Fraudulent Concealment of Clergy Abuse Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations for Decades-Old Abuse Claim: Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a highly anticipated decision in the childhood sexual abuse case of Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown[1] which added to the existing body of law in which courts have rejected allegations of fraudulent concealment and similar conspiratorial or “cover-up” arguments as a basis to avoid the statute of limitations in otherwise […]

Governor Pritzker Signs Amendment to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

On November 8, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1169 into law. The Bill is an amendment to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act (“HCRCA”), 745 ILCS 70/1 et seq., a law which protects individuals and entities from discrimination or certain other adverse actions based on their refusal to act contrary […]

New Open Meetings Act Requirement to Take Effect Next Year

Effective January 1, 2022, Public Act 102-0653 amends the Open Meetings Act to require that public bodies meet to review their closed session meeting minutes every six months, or “as soon thereafter as is practicable, taking into account the nature and meeting schedule of the public body.” Public Act 102-0653 also clarifies the requirements for review of closed […]

Airdo Werwas Presents a Two-Part Workshop, “Nuts and Bolts of Township Government,” at Special Meetings of the Palatine Township Board

On October 18 and November 1, 2021, Michael A. Airdo and Mark J. Kimzey presented a two-part workshop entitled, “Nuts and Bolts of Township Government,” at Special Meetings of the Palatine Township Board. Michael and Mark provided an in-depth analysis of the powers and functions of townships and the roles of township officials under Illinois […]

Michael Airdo Presents at Annual Conference Hosted by The Resource Center for Religious Institutes

Once again this year, Michael A. Airdo presented at the Annual Conference hosted by the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, which was held virtually on October 26 – 29, 2021.  Michael presented three workshops for Conference attendees on the legal and practical tips for religious institutes.  He outlined state-of-art best practices from child safety, information […]

Sean D. Hurley Obtains Win in Will County Circuit Court

Sean D. Hurley won summary judgment in favor of Lewis University in the Will County Circuit Court. At issue was whether Lewis University owed a duty of care to its adult student while that student was engaged in an extracurricular volunteer activity away from campus. The student learned of the volunteer event from a Lewis employee […]

Evaluating Insurance Coverage When Policies Are Lost

Mollie N. Werwas

For most businesses and organizations, one of the first calls to make after receiving a new claim or lawsuit is to the insurance carrier or coverage provider.  Insured policy holders rely on their insurers to provide a defense and to mitigate against the financial exposure created by liability claims.  What policy holders may not realize, […]