Recent Verdicts, Settlements, and Decisions

CHICAGOLAWBULLETIN.COM                                                THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017


Volume 163, No. 184                                                  Serving Chicago’s legal community for 162 years


Jury: $4.75M for siblings shot by cop

Police officer fired 11
times at porch party
on New Year’s Eve 



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   Jeffrey J. Neslund  Robert L. Robertson  Michael D. Robbins



Law Bulletin staff writer

A Chicago federal jury awarded $4.75 million Monday to three siblings who were shot several times and severely injured when a Chicago police officer fired 11 shots into the back porch of a New Year’s Eve party.

 ct williamson brothers speak out chicago shooting video 20160409

Michael Williamson and Princeton Williamson speak April 8, 2016, about being shot by a Chicago police officer in 2014.

By Jason Meisner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chicago Tribune

September 18, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

A federal jury on Monday awarded nearly $5 million in damages to three siblings who were shot and wounded by an on-duty Chicago police officer at a New Year's Eve party in the Roseland neighborhood three years ago.

April 12, 2016

Woman can pursue claims son’s lung cancer ignored at county jail

Diane P. Wood
By Patricia Manson 
Law Bulletin staff writer

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit alleging medical personnel in the Cook County Jail failed to treat a pretrial detainee suffering from lung cancer and instead accused him of malingering.

In a written opinion last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not rule on the merits of the claims Lula Dixon brought against the county and two medical providers on behalf of her late son’s estate.

But the court held Dixon presented enough evidence to go to trial on her claims that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to her son’s serious medical condition in violation of his constitutional rights.

Michael D. Robbins & Associates and attorney Jeffery J. Neslund represented the Estate of LaQuan McDonald,  a 17 year old who was fatally shot by a Chicago Police officer on October 20, 2014.  The $5 Million dollar settlement was approved by the Chicago City Council in April, 2015. The settlement was achieved following an intensive five month investigation which revealed the true facts of the shooting and without the necessity of filing a lawsuit.   The disclosure of the settlement, and the subsequent release of the dash cam video, in November, 2015 which  captured the fatal shooting, launched a firestorm of protests in Chicago, and across the nation. 

See below links to articles and video about the fatal shooting of LaQaun McDonald, and police misconduct, nationally month intensive investigation and without filing a lawsuit.   

NY Time 2-7-15

MSNBC 5-28-15