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Second District Illinois Appellate Court rules that the plaintiff may plead claim for punitive damages in a complaint consisting entirely of intentional tort-based claims

In Fiala v. Bickford Senior Living Group., LLC, the plaintiff appealed the judgment of the circuit court of Kane County, dismissing his medical-battery and civil-conspiracy claims against defendant Dr. Rabia Naveed and striking his request for punitive damages. (This case may sound familiar. This matter previously came before the Appellate Court when defendant Bickford Senior…


Comment Period Closes on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreements in Long Term Care Facilities

On October 14, 2015, the public comment period closed on the “Reform of Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities” rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rule, proposed on July 16, 2015, emerges from CMS’s effort to evaluate its regulations for long term care facilities (42 CFR Part 483, Subpart B)…



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