Four CMN Attorneys Recognized as 2009 Leading Lawyers

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Four CMN attorneys were recognized as 2009 Leading Lawyers in Illinois.  Bill Chittenden, Don Murday and Joe Hasman were named Leading Lawyers in Commercial Litigation and Civil Appellate Law.  David Novotny was named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Class Action Defense, Civil Appellate Law and Insurance/Reinsurance Litigation.  Distinction as a “Leading Lawyer” is the product of a rigorous selection process that focuses on recommendations from peers in the lawyer’s particular practice area followed by extensive discussion with other highly regarded lawyers in the same area of practice.  Less than 5% of all lawyers in the State of Illinois are selected for this distinction.

 

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William A. Chittenden, III
Donald A. Murday
David J. Novotny
Joseph J. Hasman

Bill Chittenden Named 2009 “Super Lawyer” by Chicago Magazine

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Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC proudly announces that Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Chicago Magazine have again named Bill Chittenden a 2009 “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation.  The process began with thousands of ballots sent to attorneys across the State of Illinois asking them to nominate the best lawyers they had “personally observed.”  A panel of recognized top lawyers in the commercial/business litigation practice area was assembled to review the nominations and evaluation criteria.  Through this process, the panel identified the nominees with the highest scroes.  The attorneys chosen represent the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

 

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William A. Chittenden, III

Don Murday Presented at the Association of Life Insurance Counsel 2009 Annual Meeting

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Don Murday spoke at the Association of Life Insurance Counsel’s 2009 Annual Meeting held at the Hotel Del Coronado in California on May 5, 2009.  The topic of the presentation was: “E-Discovery: Addressing the Information Logjam Without Getting Rolled.”  See attached article.

Presentation Article

 

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Donald A. Murday
Joseph R. Jeffery

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Craig M. Bargher

CMN Publishes 2009 Life, Health, Disability Law Survey

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Chittenden, Murday & Novotny’s article “Recent Developments in Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Disability Insurance Case Law” was recently published in the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal at 44-2 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 473 (Winter 2009).


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Recent Developments Article

 

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William A. Chittenden, III
Elizabeth G. Doolin
Michael B. Galibois
David F. Schmidt
Joseph J. Hasman
Jennifer S. Stegmaier
Joseph R. Jeffery
Julie F. Wall

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Craig M. Bargher
Georgia J. Joyce
Stuart F. Primack
Vittorio F. Terrizzi

CMN Wins Summary Judgment in ERISA Class Action Suit

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District Court Judge Elaine Bucklo of the Northern District of Illinois entered summary judgment in favor of CMN client, First Commonwealth Insurance Company, in a class action brought on behalf of a putative class of dental HMO members under Section 1132(a)(1)(b) of ERISA and the federal common law of promissory estoppel.  The class plaintiff contended that First Commonwealth’s marketing brochure and use of market data from outside sources to establish the fee schedule of dental charges in defined geographic areas to determine plan participants’ copayments was misleading.

In ruling for First Commonwealth, the Court adopted CMN’s primary arguments that the named class representative failed to exhaust administrative remedies under ERISA and that he failed to show there were any knowing misrepresentations in the plan documents.  The Court also held that it was unreasonable for the plaintiff to rely on the brochure alone since it referred plan participants to other plan documents which provided a more complete description of plan benefits.  Upon entry of summary judgment for First Commonwealth, Judge Bucklo then denied the motion for class certification as moot.

The decision in Kaden v. First Commonwealth, No. 05 C 2212, clarifies the law with respect to the exhaustion of administrative remedies doctrine and the requirement that any ERISA estoppel claim must be supported by a knowing misrepresentation.  The winning briefs were written by CMN member, David Schmidt, with the assistance of associate, Joseph Jeffery.  See attached Memorandum Opinion and Order.

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   Memorandum Opinion and Order

 

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David F. Schmidt
Joseph J. Hasman
Joseph R. Jeffery

CMN Names Michael B. Galibois a Member of the Firm

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Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC proudly announces that Michael B. Galibois has been named a Member of the Firm effective January 2009.  Mike’s practice is focused on representing the Firm’s clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts.

 

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Michael B. Galibois

CMN Publishes 2008 Life, Health, Disability Law Survey

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Chittenden, Murday & Novotny’s article “Recent Developments in Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Disability Insurance Case Law” was recently published in the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal at 43-3 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 473 (Spring 2008).


Related Documents
   Recent Developments Article

 

Related Members                            

William A. Chittenden, III
Elizabeth G. Doolin
Michael B. Galibois
David F. Schmidt
Joseph J. Hasman
Jennifer S. Stegmaier
Joseph R. Jeffery
Julie F. Wall

Related Associates

Craig M. Bargher
Georgia J. Joyce
Stuart F. Primack
Vittorio F. Terrizzi

Chittenden, Murday & Novotny all named Top Lawyers

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Bill Chittenden and Don Murday were named Leading Lawyers in commercial litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network. Dave Novotny was named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Class Action Defense and Insurance/Reinsurance Litigation. Distinction as a “Leading Lawyer” is attained as a result of a rigorous selection process that focuses on recommendations from peers in the lawyer’s particular practice area followed by extensive discussion with other highly regarded lawyers in the same area of practice. Less than 5% of all lawyers in the State of Illinois are selected for this distinction.

 

Related Members                            

William A. Chittenden, III
Donald A. Murday
David J. Novotny