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Patrick E. Deady comments on the Peterson trial

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, Pat Deady appeared on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift to comment on the defense’s request and subsequent withdrawal for mistrial in the high profile Drew Peterson case currently being tried in Will County. Listen here.

Hogan Marren Attorneys Certify A Class Action Lawsuit of 1,150 MWRD Employees Challenging The MWRD's Illegal Elimination of $38 Million In Deferred Compensation

On August 8, 2012, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Billik, Jr. certified a class action on behalf of all 1,150 non-union employees of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (“MWRD”), a case first brought by twenty-seven employees to restore these employees’ contractual rights to deferred compensation illegally eliminated by the MWRD Board of Commissioners in November, 2010.

Patrick E. Deady, Edward M. Hogan, Limo T. Cherian and Evan J. Haim filed the potential class action lawsuit in December, 2010 on behalf of the twenty-seven named plaintiffs and successfully enjoined the MWRD from implementing a new employment policy that eliminated all accrued deferred benefits effective January 1, 2011 for all non-union employees.  Prior to a November, 2010 action by the MWRD Board of Commissioners, all non-union employees earned up to 30 days of pay upon termination after twenty years of service and had the right to accrue up to 120 days of sick leave which would be paid out on a two-to-one basis upon separation.  The Board’s November, 2010 action eliminated these accrued benefits for all current employees who did not voluntarily resign by December 31, 2010 and provided that after January 1, 2011, no MWRD non-union employees would accrue no termination pay or any sick leave pay in excess of 15 days.

On January 25, 2012, Judge Billik held as a matter of law that the policy directives and Employee Handbook of the MWRD established a contract with those named plaintiffs who had worked and accrued the deferred benefits prior to the adoption of their new policy effective January 1, 2011.  The court also found on January 25, 2012 that the District’s actions eliminating the right to future accrual of these deferred compensation benefits was ineffective for any of the plaintiffs hired prior to November 2, 1994, the date the District first adopted and promulgated an Employee Handbook containing a specific disclaimer that the employment policies did not create a binding contract.  For a copy of the Circuit Court’s January 25, 2012 ruling, click here. pdf button

The Court’s August 8, 2012 ruling presents an opportunity to extend the January 25, 2012 ruling to the entire class of non-union employees.  Hogan Marren estimates that the 1,150 non-union employees had accrued over $25 million in deferred compensation through December 31, 2012 and that the approximately 400 employees hired prior to November 2, 1994 had the right to the future accrual of termination and sick leave pay with the value of an additional $13 million in deferred compensation.  For a copy of the Circuit Court’s August 8, 2012 ruling, click here. pdf button

Hogan Marren Attorneys Establish MWRD Employees Right To Accrued And Prospective Deferred Compensation

On January 25, 2012, in a case filed on behalf of twenty-seven employees of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (“MWRD”), Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Billik held that the employees had an enforceable contract right to deferred compensation that could not be retroactively eliminated by an action of the MWRD Board in November, 2010.

Patrick E. Deady, Edward M. Hogan, Limo T. Cherian and Evan J. Haim filed the lawsuit in December, 2010 as a potential class action and obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of those named plaintiffs most severely impacted by the MWRD decision to eliminate these deferred benefits.  Prior to November, 2010, non-represented employees of the MWRD received up to 30 days of pay upon termination for twenty years of service and had the right to accumulate up to 120 days of sick leave, which would be paid out on a two-to-one basis upon retirement.  The MWRD Board’s November, 2010 action sought to eliminate these accrued benefits for any current employee who did not voluntarily resign by December 31, 2010, and provided that no MWRD employees would accrue any future termination or sick leave incentive pay after January 1 2011.

In his January 25, 2012 ruling, Judge Billik held as a matter of law that the policies, directives and the Employee Handbook of the MWRD established a contract with those plaintiffs who had worked and accrued the deferred benefits prior to the implementation of the new policy on January 1, 2011.  The Court also found that the District’s June, 2011 action eliminating the right to future accrual of these deferred compensation benefits was ineffective for any of the plaintiffs hired prior to November 2, 1994, the date the District first adopted and promulgated an Employee Handbook containing a specific disclaimer that the employment policies did not create a binding employment agreement.  The Court held these pre-1994 plaintiffs had an enforceable right to future accruals of these benefits until they agreed to a modification of the deferred compensation policy, in exchange for some monetary consideration.

For a copy of the Circuit Court’s January 25, 2012 Ruling, click herepdf button.

Hogan Marren Ltd. Moves To A New Building

On December 2nd, Hogan Marren, Ltd. moved into new offices at 321 North Clark Street.  Built in 1987, the building is owned and managed by Hines.  Ed Hogan commented, “It's been a pleasure to work with Mark Anderson (General Manager) and John Wilbeck (Assistant General Manager) at Hines.  We're looking forward to our continued relationship.”

HM worked with broker Katie Comstock of Jones Lang LaSalle. Helee Hillman, also of JLL, was the project manager.  Laura Sickel, Heather Cain and Ryan Kosmicki of Baumann Studios LLC were the architects on the project.  The general contractor for the construction was Marty Moran of Development Solutions, Inc.

Patrick Deady Interviewed on Cellini Conviction

Patrick Deady appeared on WBEZ's 848 news program on November 2, 2011.  Mr. Deady was iinterviewed by Alison Cuddy about the significance of the Cellini conviction. Find out more here.