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Chuck Hervas and Michael Bersani will be speaking at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Civil Law Conference on September 30, 2016, on defending religious claims against jails and correctional staff under §1983, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), and the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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Anthony Becknek is moderating a civil rights seminar/committee meeting on Prison Litigation for the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association on September 21, 2016, from 12:00-2:00 at the CBA Building. Jason Rose will be presenting on the defense bar panel.

For further information contact abecknek@hcbattorneys.com.

Christine Jordanov, our law clerk, starts law school this month! Join us in wishing her well.

7/20/16: Yordana Wysocki’s article on the impact of Kingsley v. Hendrickson on jail litigation was published in the July 2016 issue of For the Defense, a defense bar journal.

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7/12/16: Mike Bersani and Tony Fioretti won summary judgment in a police officer’s favor in Morris v. Smith, et al. Police responded to a call for domestic battery. The victim reported the battery and had visible injuries but no arrests were made. A few days later, the victim filed a citizen’s complaint against the responding officers for failure to make an arrest. Following her complaint, police arrested the plaintiff, who later sued for false arrest. The Court found that the victim’s report, coupled with her visible injuries, established probable cause for the offense of domestic battery and granted summary judgment in favor of the internal investigations officer. HC&B represented the officer, while Ancel Glink represented the Village.

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7/11/16: Michael Condon and Yordana Wysocki won summary judgment for the defendant nurses in Carter v. Bukowski, et al., No. 14-cv-27089 (C.D. Ill. June 11, 2016). Carter, a jail inmate, alleged that the nurses were deliberately indifferent to his complaints of stomach pain and rectal bleeding. The Court ruled that no jury could find that the jail nursing staff consciously disregarded a serious medical need or that the staff’s response to Carter’s complaints – scheduling a doctor’s appointment for the next day – departed from accepted medical judgment.

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7/5/16: HC&B is pleased to announce that Yordana Wysocki has become a partner of the firm.

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7/1/16: Michael Condon & Jason Rose won summary judgment in Kankakee County’s favor in James v. Kankakee County, No. 14-2283 (C.D. Ill. July 1, 2016). A jail inmate brought suit, alleging that two county correctional officers failed to keep him safe and failed to prevent a fight after a “rival” inmate was let out of his cell and into the day room where the first inmate had been sitting. The court ruled that the inmate could not show that the defendant officers acted with “deliberate indifference” since both the officers and the first inmate were surprised by the second inmate’s attack.

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6/15/16: Mike Bersani & Yordana Wysocki recently participated in a Department of Labor Webinar on the new Overtime Rules for State and Local Governments.

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4/26/16: Mike Bersani speaks at Tokio Marine HCC Public Risk Group’s annual panel conference about Section 1983 Trending Issues and Recent Case Law.

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