Rob Hurtt

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Rob represents manufacturing and financial services industry clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal court. His work involves managing the defense of entire dockets of toxic tort, products liability, and premises liability cases for Fortune 500 manufacturing, chemical, and petrochemical companies.

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This week, the Illinois Supreme Court enforced the exclusive remedy provisions of the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act and the Worker’s Occupational Disease Act (“the Statutes”) for latent diseases, including asbestos-related diseases that fall outside the 25-year limit of the statute of repose. The Court’s 4-2 decision in Folta v. Ferro Engineering, No. 118070 (Ill. Sup. Ct.) means plaintiffs can no longer successfully argue that the long latency period for mesothelioma renders their asbestos claims “non-compensable”…
Legislative Activity Speaker Ryan’s Education Outlook Last Thursday, the House voted to confirm the current House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the 54th Speaker of the House. Rep. Ryan is a 16-year veteran of the House and received the support of all but nine of his Republican colleagues. As Speaker Ryan took the gavel on Thursday, he indicated his term as Speaker would be the beginning of a new time in the…
Legislative Activity Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization The House Education and the Workforce Committee announced last week it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 27 focused on the rewriting of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. In addition to the House Education Committee’s announcement, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released a call for stakeholder input on several Career and Technical Education (CTE) principles. More specifically,…
Legislative Activity Education Tax Breaks Republican tax leaders in Congress are looking to advance a number of bipartisan tax incentives for education in the coming months, while still working to find common ground with the Administration on several education tax breaks. Republican lawmakers in the Senate have indicated they would like to move forward with legislation expanding 529 plans; however, leadership has not laid out a plan for whether it will move as a stand-alone…
Legislative Activity House Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault Last Thursday, September 10, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” The hearing focused on the current state of campus safety and the patchwork of state and federal laws aimed at prevention and response to sexual assault on college campuses. In addition to the complexity of relevant regulations,…
Legislative Activity Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Last week, the House and Senate brought their respective versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to the floor in each chamber. While the House passed its bill, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), by a 218-213 vote on Wednesday, the Senate will continue to consider amendments to its bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), through this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…
Legislative Activity Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Both the House and Senate versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are expected to hit the floors of their respective chambers this week. While it now appears likely that both pieces of legislation will be considered before the August recess, it is less apparent what the outcome will be. House leaders’ expected strategy is to pass their bill (HR 5, Student Success Act) this…
Legislative Activity Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Progresses Last Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released its draft FY 2016 spending bill in advance of the Subcommittee’s markup the following day on June 17. This is the first time the House Labor-HHS-Education bill has been made public in three years. The measure provides $153 billion in new discretionary funding for FY 2016, a $3.7 billion decrease from FY 2015 enacted…
Legislative Activity House and Senate Continue Legislative Action Addressing Sexual Assault Last week, Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA), along with 25 other members, re-introduced a bipartisan measure from the 113th Congress titled the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency on Campus Sexual Violence Act (HALT Act). This piece of legislation would, among other actions, (1) allow students to bring civil lawsuits against colleges that violate the Clery Act; (2) provide additional funding for…
Legislative Activity Senate HELP Committee Forms Higher Education Act Reauthorization Working Groups In a joint statement released on May 21, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the formation of bipartisan working groups tasked with addressing four key areas within the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization. The four working groups, composed of HELP committee staff from both parties, will focus on issues of…