• Parent Corporations May be Liable as a "Direct Participant" for Subsidiary Employees in Illinois
  • April 18, 2007
  • Law Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP - Chicago Office
  • In a decision with potential ramifications for many Illinois businesses, the Illinois Supreme Court, creating new law, held that direct participant liability is a valid theory of recovery in Illinois, and that parent companies, therefore, are not necessarily immune from liability under the Workers' Compensation Act. In so holding, the Court considered the scope of a parent company's liability under Illinois law for a workplace accident that occurred at its subsidiary's facility.