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Archive for December 23, 2014

False Claims Act Cases Continue to Grow

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reported that federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 was a record-breaking year for judgments and settlements in civil cases involving health care fraud and abuse, particularly qui tam whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA). In total, DOJ reporte...

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Discussing Estate Plans Can Be Easier When Everyone Is Together

The holidays are a time of merriment, thanksgiving and spending time with loved ones.  Often times the holiday season is the only chance to see family members who live a great distance away.  This year, while everyone is visiting, take the opportunity to talk with family about your Will, Trusts, Pow...

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Sending Course Schedule to Faculty Member May Create an Employment Contract

On October 30, the 7th Circuit released Meade v. Moraine Valley Community College, which included an interesting decision affecting schools and universities.  The Court held that a semester’s course schedule sent to an adjunct faculty member actually created an employment contract and rebut...

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KDDK Welcomes New Attorney

Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP (KDDK) – an experienced full-service law firm dedicated to effectively serving the civil law needs of clients for more than 105 years – is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney Matthew D. Malcolm....

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Free Speech Rights and the Disgruntled Public Employee

On the eve of Halloween, the 7th Circuit released a decision which may raise additional concerns for public employers.  In Meade v. Moraine Valley Community College, the Court held that public employees are able to openly criticize their employers when the topic of speech includes matters o...

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Symbols, Contract Ambiguity, and the Duty to Ask Questions

To most, it may seem obvious that a subcontractor would have the obligation to seek an explanation when there is an unknown symbol on the architectural design drawings to be used for a new construction project. The truth is, however, such obligation really depends on the specific situation. Seemingl...

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Penalties Under Affordable Care Act for Employers with 100 or More Employees Start January 1, 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, employers with 100 or more employees that fail to offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees or that offer health insurance coverage that is not “affordable” are subject to penalties under the Affordable Care Act. Employers that fail to offer health insurance ...

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Mark A. McAnulty Named KDDK Partner

[caption id="attachment_6424" align="alignleft" width="164"] Mark A. McAnulty[/caption] Congratulations to KDDK attorney Read More

KDDK Successfully Defends Break-Away Church in Property Dispute

The Indiana Court of Appeals today affirmed a trial court's ruling in favor of a congregation that broke away from a church denomination. The case, Read More

EPA Publishes Final Rule to Eliminate ASTM E-1527 Standard Uncertainty

At the end of December 2013, the updated ASTM International Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, ASTM E1527-13, was incorporated by the EPA into its All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) rule.  Complying with EPA’s AAI rule is critical to one’s ability to assert the innocent landowner de...

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