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Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging that they were sexually abused as boys while attending Southland Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.

The firm — Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. — said it now represents 27 Chicago-area men alleging abuse by members of the order, which founded Brother Rice and Leo high schools on the Southwest Side as well as St. Laurence High School in Burbank.

The order filed for bankruptcy in April 2011, and Wednesday is the deadline for alleged victims of abuse to file claims in the case. Attorneys from firms around the country have claimed that the bankruptcy filing was an attempt by the Catholic order to shield assets and block the filing of new lawsuits.

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CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN

The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the 1st District Appellate Court and ruled that Jeff and Amy Clark could seek damages for emotional distress caused by the wrongful birth of their son.  The Clarks had relied on an erroneous genetic diagnosis before having their son, born with Angelman's Syndrome. 

The Court did not allow the Clarks to recover the cost of caring for their disabled child after he reaches the age of majority, a position urged by Justice Freeman in a dissent.

The Clark's lawyer, Christopher T. Hurley, said he was disappointed that the other justices didn't adopt Freeman's stance on the recovery issue, but was more than pleased with the court's ruling over emotional distress claims in wrongful birth suits.

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DAILY HERALD

A Virginia woman is suing the Schaumburg Marriott over an off-duty hotel employee using a master key to enter her room last year and sexually molest her while she slept.

The woman and her attorney, Christopher Hurley of the Chicago firm Hurley, McKenna & Mertz, say they are holding the Marriott responsible for allowing the employee to become intoxicated on the premises and retain use of a hotel master key after his shift.

The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, seeks $100,000 in damages.

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In Circuit Court

A Cook County jury has returned a $9 million verdict in favor of a disabled 20-year-old man whose mother claimed her son sustained severe brain damage and spastic quadriplegia as the result of an injury during his birth at Cook County Hospital.

On Jan. 21, 1990, a pregnant Amelia Saragosa arrived in the hospital's emergency department with labor pains, according to her attorney, Christopher T. Hurley of Hurley, McKenna & Mertz P.C. who, along with Mark R. McKenna, tried the case on behalf of the plaintiff.

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Mark Stephan, a client of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., fractured his neck when the wheel on his bicycle came off unexpectedly on a Chicago area roadway. Since then he has inspired our firm and the world with his relentless drive to teach himself to walk again. Mark Stephan embodies the American spirit. He simply will never quit. We are proud to work for this man.

Check out Mark Stephan's inspiring story as told by Mike Leonard on the Today Show.

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