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Welcome to a new addition to the Blog – Let’s Talk! Here is how it will work – Whenever I have a topic I want to discuss I will put it here and on LinkedIn and we shall see what type of reaction and conversation develops. Maybe some of the ideas will turn into articles, […] The post Let’s Talk! – Appellate Review of Summary Judgment Motions appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law
The updated Dram Shop Act caps have been released and here they are: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CPI-U increased 1.36% during the preceding calendar year. Based upon the previous determinations, the liability limits are adjusted as follows:  • For final judgments or settlements awarded on or after January 20, 2021 for […] The post Updated Dram Shop Act Caps in Illinois for 2021 appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law
Oh how do I love the natural accumulation doctrine – let me count the ways! Yep – summary judgment was granted on yet another case based on natural accumulation. This time in Kane County, Illinois. In this case, the plaintiff sued the store who controlled the parking lot, the company contracted to handle snow/ice removal […] The post Defense Wins: Natural Accumulation (again!) appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…
A state court judge in North Carolina ruled in favor of policyholders and against Cincinnati insurance in a summary judgment motion addressing Covid-19 business interruption coverage claims.  The plaintiffs were a group of restaurants and they filed a motion for summary judgment, seeking declaratory judgment as to one count of their complaint that Cincinnati Ins. […] The post Covid-19 Business Interruption Coverage Claims Update appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…
In this week’s edition of DRI’s The Voice, I discussed the importance of risk management and how it is the key to survival of the retail and hospitality industry this year. Here are a few comments from the article, along with a link to the entire article: While this has been quite a year for […] The post Risk Management: The Key to Retail & Hospitality’s Survival appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law
I recently joined forces with an incredibly talented security expert, Jon D. Groussman of Lowers Risk Group, for an article in NU Claims regarding managing negligent security risks. The article addresses the actions a claims professional and company should take before, during and after a security incident to help mitigate risks and ensure the best […] The post Managing Negligent Security Risks appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…
What is the greatest defense rule created in Illinois for retailers, restaurants and hospitality companies? You guessed it – the natural accumulation rule! Hands down this is my favorite rule because regardless of what county I’m in (yes, even Cook County), judges fairly and accurately apply this rule which means the Defense Wins! My latest […] The post Defense Wins! – Natural Accumulation Applies INSIDE appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…
Congratulations Albertsons Companies! Supermarket News selected Albertsons Companies as its Retailer of the Year for 2020. If you live around Chicago, this company is better known to you as Jewel-Osco. This distinction is very well deserving as Albertsons has been having quite an amazing year. The company and its employees met the challenge of Covid-19 […] The post Congrats Albertsons! – Retailer of the Year appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…
I am happy to announce that as of April 1, 2020, I have opened the Illinois office of Bovell Bove LLC with my long-time partner, Brian O’Gallagher.  We are very excited about this new chapter in our lives. Bodell Bove LLC is a Philadelphia, PA based firm with offices also located in Pittsburgh, PA, Cherry […] The post New Firm – Bodell Bove LLC appeared first on Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Law.…