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Small claims litigants may recall that Governor Holcomb took similar action last year when he raised the cap from $6,000 to $8,000. Effective July 1, 2021, this amount was again increased to $10,000 across the entire state of Indiana.
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Commercial general liability policies regularly provide an insurance carrier with the express right to control the defense of litigation, but who selects the insured’s counsel to represent the insured in the litigation?  Not only do liability policies routinely provide a carrier to control the defense, but typically policies do not expressly grant a policyholder the...
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On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order to promote competition across the US economy. The Executive Order urges more than a dozen federal agencies to crack down on competition problems across a variety of industries. What Employers Should Know First, it must be noted that the Executive Order includes only...
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The standard has long been in Indiana for schools to issue work permits for students who are under the age of 18. However, starting on July 1, 2021, this will no longer be the case. Instead, businesses who employ five or more minor employees will now be responsible for tracking and reporting information regarding their...
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Makenzie MehringerHeather Heck Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn is pleased to welcome back Heather Heck and Makenzie Mehringer as part of our summer law clerk program. This is their second summer working with KDDK. Heather and Makenzie attend Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and are expecting to graduate in May 2022.
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In an effort to relieve financial stress caused by COVID-19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has introduced a program designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who have incurred COVID-19 funeral expenses for loved ones.  Such applicants must be over eighteen years of age, and a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.  The...
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The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides temporary premium assistance under the COBRA to help Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEI) continue their health benefits. The premium assistance applies to periods of health coverage on or after April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. AEI are not required to pay their COBRA continuation...
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On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act, and the Illinois Business Corporation Act.  SB 1480, which became law immediately, sets forth various new requirements on employers that will require careful consideration and implementation. 1. Employers Are...
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On March 15, 20121, a federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled that the Centers for Disease Control’s nationwide eviction moratorium is illegal and unenforceable. Three federal judges have now ruled that the moratorium is illegal, while two federal judges in other jurisdictions have upheld the moratorium. As a result, the eviction moratorium...
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