The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Sheriff and Jail Staff on Medical Negligence Claim

January 16, 2018

The Seventh Circuit Appellate Court affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Sheriff, the Chief of Corrections and jail staff in Lipsey v. U.S.A., et al., No. 17-1063 (7th Cir. Jan. 4, 2018). The case was brought by a disabled minor, J.L., who was injured when her mother delivered while…

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Court Dismisses Inmate’s Claims of Deliberate Indifference to His Back Pain Against Physician’s Assistant

January 16, 2018

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Shadid granted summary judgment in favor of the jail’s physician assistant in Perez v. Huffines, No. 16-cv-2343 (Jan. 16, 2018). Inmate Marco Perez claimed that his constitutional rights were violated when the physician assistant refused to provide or delayed in providing him with pain medications for lower back pain….

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No Malicious Prosecution Found Where Totality of the Circumstances Gave Detectives An Objectively Reasonable Belief To Support Probable Cause

January 2, 2018

The First District Appellate Court upheld summary judgment in favor of defendant police officers in a malicious prosecution case, Burrell v. Village of Sauk Village, et al., 2017 IL App (1st) 163392. Plaintiff claimed that police did not have probable cause to arrest and prosecute him for the murder of his one-month-old niece after a…

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Summary Judgment Granted in Employment Discrimination Case Brought Under the IHRA.

January 2, 2018

On December 20, 2018, Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Fitton granted summary judgment in favor Livingston County in an employment discrimination case, Kahinde v. County of Livingston, Case No. 16 L 7, brought under the Illinois Human Rights Act.  The plaintiff was a county information technology director who claimed that he was fired because of…

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Supreme Court to Decide What Police Must Show to Defeat First Amendment Retaliatory Arrest Claim

December 19, 2017

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida. Lozman presents a conflict between a longstanding principle of Fourth Amendment law and an equally venerable strain of First Amendment law. This conflict has divided lower courts and is critical to police and municipalities in today’s environment of heightened…

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