Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC proudly announces that Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Chicago Magazine have again named Bill Chittenden a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation in 2018. 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 scores. The attorneys chosen represent the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.
Companies that are, or that employ, registered Illinois lobbyists will soon be required to comply with a new law that requires implementation of sexual harassment policies and a specific training regimen. Effective January 1, 2018, lobbyists and companies that employ or contract with lobbyists must comply with new Section 4.7 of the Lobbyist Registration Act, which requires annual completion of a sexual harassment training program provided by the Secretary of State and implementation of a written sexual harassment policy. Companies should ensure that any of their employees who are registered as lobbyists in Illinois comply with the annual sexual harassment training program and, upon registration or renewal, confirm to the Secretary of State that their sexual harassment policy meets the minimum requirements under the statute.
While not specifically required by the terms of Section 4.7, companies who retain independent contractors as lobbyists may want to confirm that their lobbyist contractors have complied with the training requirement. For more information, you can download the complete Bulletin here.
CMN lawyers moved to decertify the class in a lawsuit alleging the Firm’s health insurance client violated the TCPA by sending faxes to its contracted agents without the specific opt-out notice required by an FCC regulation. CMN successfully petitioned the FCC for a waiver of that regulation and, on August 28th, federal Judge Robert Blakey granted the Motion to Decertify. He agreed that the FCC waiver, as well as the D.C. Circuit’s recent holding in Bais Yaakov v. FCC that the opt-out regulation was invalid as applied to solicited faxes, made each class member’s consent to receive the faxes a critical and predominant individual issue that effectively precluded resolution of the litigation as a class action. The Opinion is available on the link below.
CMN attorneys Julie F. Wall, Craig M. Bargher, and Matthew H. Bunn recently authored the Illinois and Indiana chapters of the Defense Research Institute’s new life insurance book, “The Law of Life Insurance, Key Issues in Each State.” The book is a compendium of the major issues in life insurance law for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is an excellent resource for life insurance practitioners, particularly those with matters in multiple states. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book or would like more information, please feel free to contact any of the authors directly, or click here.
CMN members William A. Chittenden, Joseph R. Jeffery and Jennifer S. Stegmaier recently co-authored the Chapter on Long-Term Care Insurance Law published in Appleman’s Treatise on Insurance Law. The treatise chapter serves as a primer on long-term care insurance products and covers a wide range of litigation and regulatory issues involving long-term care insurance. See, William A. Chittenden, III, Joseph R. Jeffery, Jennifer S. Stegmaier, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chp. 93A Long-Term Care Insurance (LexisNexis). If interested in obtaining a copy or for more information, please feel free to contact any of the authors directly.
Chittenden, Murday & Novotny’s article “Recent Developments in Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Disability Insurance Law” was recently published in the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal at 52:2 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 431 (Winter 2017).
Recent Developments Article
Julie Wall will be speaking at the American Conference Institute’s Litigating Disability Insurance Claims Conference in Miami on February 1, 2017. The topic is “Contractual Limitations Periods in the Post-Heimeshoff Era”.