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Two AMM Attorneys to Serve on CBA's Judicial Evaluation Committee

Two Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP attorneys appointed to serve on the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee.

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Brian T. Maye

Brian T. Maye

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Shane B. Nichols

Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP is pleased to have Shane B. Nichols as an associate.

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Supreme Court Update - Court Set to Weigh-In On ATSA Immunity

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, William Hoeper was a pilot for Air Wisconsin and also a Federal Flight Deck Officer authorized to carry a TSA-issued firearm.  He had previously failed three aircraft proficiency tests and was aware that a fourth failure could result in his termination at the option of Air Wisconsin.  During the final test, Mr. Hoeper allegedly exhibited irrational behavior and directed angry outbursts at his test administrator, accusing him of underm...

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The Supreme Court Rules that Lump Sum Severance Payments are Wages Subject to FICA Taxes

In a much anticipated ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, 2014 ruled 8-0 that lump-sum severance payments made to involuntarily laid off workers are subject to FICA taxes. Currently FICA requires workers and employers to each pay a 6.2% Social Security tax on wages earned up to an annual cap as well as a 1.45% Medicare tax on all wages. In 2001 and 2002, Quality Stores, Inc. closed more than 300 stores and made severance paymets to 3,100 laid off workers. The company paid ...

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Illinois Legistlature Imposes Time Limits for Payment of Settlements

On August 26, 2013, the Illinois Governor signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure that establishes a timeline for the tendering of a release and payment of the settlement funds after a settlement agreement has been reached.  The new provision, 735 ILCS §5/2-2301, takes effect January 1, 2014, and applies to all personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, and tort actions involving a claim for monetary damages, except class actions and claims involving ...

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