The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

HCB is excited to announce Local Police News!

November 3, 2020

HCB was disappointed to hear that Sarah Cole retired from NEMERT, and we would no longer be receiving Local Police News. We reached out to Sarah, and with NEMERT’s blessing, she has agreed to team up with us to continue producing Local Police News for our and NEMERT’s subscribers. We are excited to announce our…

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Jury Finds Sheriff’s Office is not Responsible for Former Sheriff’s Misconduct

October 29, 2020

After a weeklong trial, a federal jury found that former Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffery Boyd did not act within the scope of his employment when he harassed, threatened, and stalked a  woman he was romantically interested in. In 2014, Boyd pled guilty to attempted official misconduct and resigned in disgrace after a state police…

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Constructive Termination Claims by Former Deputy Fire Chief Dismissed

October 29, 2020

To the average citizen, being “terminated” from your job is a euphemism for being fired. If you resigned, you were not terminated. The law largely agrees. There is a narrow exception for working conditions that are so intolerable they amount to “constructive termination.” But a recent decision from the Central District of Illinois reiterates that…

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Court Rejects “State Created Danger” Claim Against Elementary School Staff

October 29, 2020

The Supreme Court has long held that the federal constitution restricts government action. It is not a remedy for every private misdeed—even when creative litigants, in their search for a deeper pocket, try and pin that private wrong on some public employer or agency. A recent summary judgment ruling from the Central District of Illinois…

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Court Rejects Litigant’s Attempt to Re-litigate Settled Claims

June 26, 2020

Once a civil case is settled, it is typically over. Courts do not allow second bites at the litigation apple. Settlement serves to manage risks and costs and overall promotes the economies of the judicial system. It is an often used and favored mechanism for resolving a civil dispute. A Chicago federal district court judge…

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