The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Court holds that a passenger in a police squad car cannot sue his police officer friend for negligence during a “police ride along”

September 19, 2022

The City of Joliet and a Joliet police officer were sued by the officer’s (former) friend for negligence when the friend was allegedly injured during a “police ride along.” Just before going on the ride along, the passenger had knowingly executed a broadly worded waiver and release which absolved the City and the officer for…

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Judge Fix Finds in Favor of Lake County Public Defender’s Office

June 17, 2022

In March 2022, Lake County Judge Patricia Fix found in favor of the State of Illinois and rejected a post-conviction petition filed by a man who in June 2014 killed his wife, his 17-year-old disabled daughter, and the family dog. In February 2015, the man pled “guilty but mentally ill” to the murder charges. He…

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Summary Judgment Win on Behalf of Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement

June 17, 2022

Earlier this month, Federal District Court Judge Colin Bruce granted Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and two VMEG agents. In this case, the VMEG agents were protecting the perimeter of a residence while DEA agents were conducting a consent search for drugs inside the residence. While…

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HCB Attorneys Win Summary Judgment in Federal Employment Discrimination Suit Against Fire Chief and Municipality

June 2, 2022

Plaintiff was a veteran firefighter in a small city in central Illinois with the rank of lieutenant. The suit arose from an incident where she and several other firefighters were responding to a fire and she was grabbed, shoved into a wall, and screamed at by a male lieutenant who had lost his temper because…

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HCB Attorneys Win Federal Jury Trial on Behalf of Correctional Officers

June 2, 2022

  After a three-day trial before the Hon. Eric Long in Urbana, Illinois, a federal jury took less than 90 minutes to reject the plaintiff’s federal civil rights claims against four correctional officers. The suit arose from an incident in December 2017 when the Plaintiff was a detainee at the Rock Island County Jail. He…

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