The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Illinois Appellate Court Narrows Definition of “In Custody” in Police Pursuit Cases

April 28, 2021

On April 9, 2021, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District decided Robinson v. Village of Sauk Village, et al. 2021 IL App (1st) 200223. In Robinson, a pedestrian who was struck and injured by a fleeing lawbreaker sued Sauk Village, the Village of Crete, and several of their police officers for willful and wanton conduct…

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Court Grants Summary Judgment to Officer Who Tackled Domestic Violence Offender

April 13, 2021

A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently granted summary judgment in favor of three City of Morris police officers. The incident giving rise to the suit began when a woman reported to the Morris police department that her boyfriend had struck her in the face. Later that evening, officers went to his…

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Seventh Circuit Reverses $44 Million Verdict Against City of Chicago

April 13, 2021

The Seventh Circuit no doubt raised some eyebrows last month when it reversed a $44.7 million jury verdict in First Midwest Bank v. City of Chicago. But despite the high verdict and tragic facts, the decision simply applied longstanding Supreme Court precedent on the distinction between government wrongs, which certainly do violate the federal constitution,…

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Nominal Damages Sufficient to Keep Suit Alive

April 13, 2021

What difference does a dollar make these days? According to the Supreme Court’s holding earlier this month Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the difference between continuing with your lawsuit or having it dismissed as moot. Plaintiff Chike Uzuegbunam was a student at a community college of Georgia. He was passing out religious literature on campus when a…

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Court Dismisses Suit Against Police For Failing to Protect Woman from Self-Induced Drug Overdose

March 5, 2021

One of the strongest immunities provided the police under the Illinois Tort Immunity Act is immunity for providing inadequate police protection services. The policy behind the statute is based on the common law public duty rule which states that while the police owe a duty to protect the general public at large they cannot be…

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