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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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4/18/16: Michael Condon argues before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Fonder v. Kankakee County Sheriff, No. 15-2905.

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4/14/16: Tara Grimm and Tony Fioretti attend the 35th Annual Section 1983 Conference at Chicago Kent College of Law to receive a comprehensive update on civil rights litigation and developments.

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