December 2011

Sulayman and Coffey Win in State Court Medical Malpractice Claim

Congratulations to Chicago office shareholder Fuad Sulayman and associate Kevin Coffey who recently won a trial in a wrongful death medical malpractice action in Cook County. The case was a wrongful death action with 2 survival counts. Fuad and Kevin represented a general surgeon who was the last remaining defendant in the case. The plaintiffs asked for $5 million from the client.

Sharifi and Guolee Win in Federal Court Civil Rights Trial

Chicago office shareholder Terrence Guolee and associate Ghazal Sharifi obtained a not liable verdict for a Chicago Police officer in a trial in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In the case, Terrence and Ghazal represented an officer alleged to have hit and choked a minor arrested for damage to property.

Lemley and O'Grady Win in Seventh Circuit

Chicago office shareholder Brandon Lemley and Paul O'Grady scored a victory before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a municipality and its police chief. In the case, a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team fired "pepper balls" (essentially paint balls filled with the substance contained in pepper spray rather than paint) to rouse a suicidal, non-responsive individual reported as having access to weapons. The primary issue on appeal was whether the Chief of Police for the municipality that requested the SWAT team could face "supervisory liability" for the actions of the SWAT team, whose members were not sued. The Seventh Circuit held that there was not evidence that the police chief had any supervisory authority over the SWAT team, and to the extent he provided input on what action the SWAT team should take, it was in the role of a consultant rather than supervisor.

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