The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Seventh Circuit Affirms Sanction Against Plaintiff’s Attorney and Re-Asserts Doctrine of Prosecutorial Immunity

January 10, 2017

On December 20th, 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the public censure of a plaintiff’s lawyer who sued a Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney, for making frivolous arguments regarding the prosecutor’s absolute immunity from suit. See Foreman v. Wadsworth, et al., No. 15-3096, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22598 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2016)….

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Occupational Disease Disability Pension Does Not Automatically Satisfy Catastrophic Injury Requirement of PSEBA

January 10, 2017

On December 30th, the Illinois Supreme Court decided an important Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (“PSEBA”) case that distinguishes between the effect of a “line of duty disability” under Section 4-110 and an “occupational disability” under Section 4-110.1 of the Pension Code. In Bremer v. City of Rockford, 2016 IL 119889, the Illinois Supreme Court…

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Medical Marijuana and County Jails

December 13, 2016

Illinois passed the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Act, 410 ILCS 130/1, et seq., in 2014. Section 30 of the Act expressly prohibits possessing or using cannabis in a correctional facility, even with a valid medical marijuana card. 410 ILCS 130/30. The Act also provides limited immunity to correctional staff who take actions…

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Plaintiff lacked standing to claim an interest on assets concealed in prior bankruptcy.

December 13, 2016

Judge Colin S. Bruce in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of the Kankakee County Animal Control Director in Polk v. Boudreau, Case No. 15-cv-2160 (C.D. Ill. Dec. 12, 2016). Several horses were seized by Department personnel for running-at-large in unincorporated Kankakee County. The purported owner of the horses sued, alleging…

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Court grants summary judgment for defendants in Lipsey v. U.S.A., et al. 

December 13, 2016

Summary judgment was granted in favor of the Sheriff, the Chief of Corrections and jail staff in Lipsey v. U.S.A., et al., No. 12-cv-2100 (C.D. Ill. Dec. 12, 2016). The case was brought by a disabled minor, J.L., who was injured when her mother delivered while in federal custody at the Jerome Combs Detention Center…

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