The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

HCB Attorneys Prevail in Alleged Wrongful Conviction Case

March 3, 2022

Last month, a federal court granted summary judgment to all defendants in an alleged wrongful conviction case. The plaintiff was arrested for murder in 2010 and convicted by a jury in 2014, but got his conviction overturned on appeal in 2017, and was acquitted at retrial in 2019. He then sued four police officers involved…

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District Court Rejects All Claims by Self-Admitted “Hypochondriac” Detainee

March 3, 2022

Medical practice is difficult and uncertain under the best of circumstances, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic. Patient complaints are inevitable. But a disgruntled patient, does not equate to defective medical care. Federal District Judge Sara Darrow made this point well in a recent decision, in which she granted summary judgment in…

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Jury Sides With Police Officer in Fatal Shooting Case

October 29, 2021

The current environment is anything but favorable to police officers, especially in fatal officer-involved shootings. Despite this challenge, HCB attorneys recently prevailed in a federal civil jury trial on behalf of a police officer, arising out of a fatal, on-duty shooting.  The trial lasted one week and took place in Rockford, Illinois, before the Honorable…

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Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for School Administrators Based Claim Preclusion

October 29, 2021

Some people just won’t take “no” for an answer. Robert Green is such a person. Green was a coach and PE teacher for the Aurora East Unified School District No. 131 for several decades before he was fired for laying hands on his students. He had sued the School District in 2007 and again in…

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Seventh Circuit Affirms Defense Win in Employment Discrimination Case

October 29, 2021

Plaintiff Richard Brooks, a City of Kankakee police officer, sued his employer for alleged employment discrimination. Brooks claimed that the City’s failure to promote him to sergeant and several instances of on-the-job discipline were unlawful retaliation for his past complaints about alleged racial bias within the police department. The City won summary judgment on all…

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