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House of Representatives passes bipartisan bill to fund government until early December

Monday, September 28, 2020

Despite tense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, the House of Representatives passed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act on Tuesday, September 22, to keep the government funded until December 11. The bipartisan bill attempts to push several highly debated issues until after the November election and avoid a government shutdown in the wake of a global pandemic.

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Michelle Kantor recognized among 2020 Notable Women in Law

Friday, September 25, 2020

McDonald Hopkins member Michelle Kantor has been recognized among 2020's Notable Women in Law by Crain's Chicago Business.

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Florida court reaffirms economic loss rules applicability to construction projects

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Third District Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion reaffirming the economic loss rule’s applicability to construction projects in Florida. This decision is in line with decades of economic loss rule precedent and will benefit contractors who are faced with tort-based claims.

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Illinois appellate court holds that Workers' Compensation Act does not preempt claims for statutory damages under Biometric Information Privacy Act

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On Sept. 18, 2020, the Illinois First District Appellate Court issued an important decision on an issue of first impression in Illinois appellate courts, holding that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act does not preempt claims for statutory damages under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Unless it is overturned or withdrawn, the First District’s decision appears to eliminate a potential defense to BIPA claims.

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Nine McDonald Hopkins attorneys recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Seven attorneys at McDonald Hopkins have been recognized on the Michigan Super Lawyers list as being among the top attorneys in Michigan for 2020. Another two McDonald Hopkins attorneys were recognized on the list of Michigan Rising Stars. 

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Shilpa Gokhale joins McDonald Hopkins LLC Chicago office as Counsel in the Executive Compensation and Governance Practice Group

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Shilpa Gokhale has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as Counsel in the Executive Compensation and Governance Practice Group.

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'5 Questions With' Harlan Sands, president of Cleveland State University

Monday, September 21, 2020

A monthly segment from the McDonald Hopkins Public Law Group that asks local, regional and statewide leaders to pass along their wisdom on items of current and lasting interest. This inaugural installment asks Harlan M. Sands, the president of Cleveland State University, to guide readers through his thoughts on preparing his campus for a return to class – and shaping the mindsets of his students, faculty and staff.

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Problem Solvers Caucus hopes to bring Democrats and Republicans back to the negotiation table with its “March to Common Ground” COVID stimulus framework

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Problem Solvers Caucus recently introduced the “March to Common Ground” COVID-19 stimulus framework in an attempt to address several key areas, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, additional direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.The framework introduces new stimulus money and reallocates previously appropriated CARES Act funding

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Good for business: Ohio enacts law limiting liability for COVID-19 lawsuits

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ohio has joined six other states in enacting a law limiting employers’ liability in COVID-19 lawsuits. Specifically, H.B. 606 (the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill”) grants qualified civil immunity to healthcare providers, individuals, schools, corporations, estates, trusts, partnerships, associations, for profit and non-profit entities, governmental entities, religious entities, and state institutions of higher education.

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Ohio Department of Health releases adult daycare and senior center reopening guidelines

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health recently released official guidelines and restrictions all Ohio senior centers and adult daycare facilities must follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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