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Municipal Liability Representative Cases

  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of municipal clients, who faced multiple charges, along with a demand for significant monetary damages. In this case, the police officers responded to a traffic accident where they encountered the plaintiff, who had been involved in the accident. Plaintiff became combative on scene, to the point where several nearby civilians had to assist the police officers in holding the plaintiff down so that he could be handcuffed. Plaintiff alleged that the officers kicked, punched, tasered and pepper sprayed him without justification, causing him significant and permanent injuries. The officers maintained that the only force applied was a taser, which was reasonable under the circumstances. Plaintiff claimed the officers used excessive force, violated his First Amendment rights, and maliciously prosecuted him. The plaintiff demanded significant monetary damages for his physical injuries as well as for time spent in custody. After one hour of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the officers and the municipality on all counts.
  • Secured a defense verdict in favor of our client in a wrongful death case seeking $15 million in damages against a Chicago police officer. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that a Chicago police officer shot and killed the decedent without legal justification.  Moreover, the plaintiff charged that the gun recovered by the police at the scene was “planted” to justify the shooting.  After a two-week trial, plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $15 million.  The jury deliberated for eight hours before returning a defense verdict.
  • Defended two Chicago police officers against claims of excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution. The officers in this incident heard gunshots in an area of the City’s south side, and then observed a large crowd and fight between a man and woman near the area of the shots. The plaintiff claimed that he was approached by one defendant officer, punched in the face without provocation, arrested for no reason, and then tasered by the second defendant officer while handcuffed and compliant. The defendant officers denied these allegations and claimed that the plaintiff approached them, grabbed one of the officers by the shoulder and would not let go, even after being told the defendant was a police officer and that he should immediately let go and leave the area. Eventually the police officer being held by the plaintiff punched the plaintiff to free himself from the plaintiff’s grip, and the second officer deployed his Taser ineffectively in an attempt to get the plaintiff under control and under arrest. Ultimately, the plaintiff was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. The plaintiff was acquitted in criminal court, and he filed this civil action against the defendant officers. The case was tried in the Northern District of Illinois over a five-day period. After two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict that was completely in the defendants’ favor.
  • Argued an Americans with Disabilities Act case involving the alleged discrimination of an employee due to alcoholism before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals after having obtained summary judgment in the federal district court.
  • Won summary judgment and subsequent appeal in matter where plaintiffs alleged various city officials conspired to deprive plaintiffs of their property by filing and litigating frivolous demolition lawsuits. Plaintiffs sought more than $1 million in compensation.
  • Represented a city's rights in complex mechanics' lien litigation arising out of a developer’s breach of redevelopment agreement and the city's resulting rights of reversion under the agreement.
  • Successfully defended a class action lawsuit involving thousands of class plaintiffs challenging a city’s loitering law, settling the matter for less than one percent of plaintiff's demand prior to pretrial.
  • Obtained dismissal of a city, with prejudice, against an employee claim seeking payment of accumulated sick time, vacation time and monies owed under the Pension Code and Public Employee Disability Act.  
  • Successfully defended city matter brought by the Attorney General’s office alleging various violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act on city-owned property.
  • Represented city interests before the Illinois Commerce Commission in a matter involving various public improvement projects.
  • Obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of police defendants and other city employees in a case arising out of the warrantless search and seizure of plaintiffs' home.
  • Obtained dismissal, with prejudice, in a case arising out of the alleged failure to provide adequate police protection and services.
  • Successfully defended race and age discrimination matters before Illinois Department of Human Rights and Human Rights Commission.
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement of an alleged improper bid award arising from a municipal waste water treatment project.

Johnson and Bell

Johnson and Bell