The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Appellate Court Rules in Defendants’ Favor in Local Oil Spill Case

November 26, 2019

In September 2010, a 34-inch crude oil pipeline operated by Enbridge Energy, L.P. leaked in Romeoville, Illinois. Following the leak, Enbridge sued both the Village of Romeoville and the adjacent property owner, Oldcastle APG South (dba Northfield Block Company). Enbridge alleged that the Village and/or Northfield failed to properly maintain a water service line which ran…

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Court Rules that Lower Premium Health Care Plan Meets Requirements of PSEBA

November 26, 2019

The Appellate Court in Esser v. Peoria, 2019 IL App (3d) 180702 (November 20, 2019), resolved a nagging PSEBA dispute regarding the obligation of a municipality to pay the entire premium of a basic health insurance plan. The City of Peoria had two separate health insurance programs, one with a low deductible (higher premiums) and one…

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Jail Deputies Win Use of Force Lawsuit Brought By Inmate

November 4, 2019

A federal judge in Chicago recently found in favor of two DeKalb County deputy sheriffs accused of using excessive force on a jail inmate during a cell extraction. Nerak Scaife was a pretrial detainee at the DeKalb County Jail. He was told by correctional officers that he was being transferred to another county due to…

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Plaintiff Could Not Maintain Malicious Prosecution Claim After Plea Bargain

October 30, 2019

The Honorable Colin S. Bruce in the Central District of Illinois granted a motion to dismiss on a federal civil rights lawsuit in favor of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department and their Chief Deputy in Diane Redwitz v. County of Kankakee, et al, Case No. 18-CV-02208 (C.D. Ill. Sept. 17, 2019). Plaintiff, Diane Redwitz, was…

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Denial of CPAP Machine Did Not Violate Inmate’s Constitutional Rights

October 29, 2019

In DeJohnette v. Indiana U.S. Marshal Service, a federal inmate alleged that his constitutional rights were violated by the United States and Kankakee County when they allegedly failed to provide him with a CPAP machine while housed as a federal detainee at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. However, the Honorable Judge Sue Myerscough granted summary…

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