In January, we wrote about Professor Steven Salaita’s fight for academic freedom. He was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. Loevy & Loevy partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights to file the federal civil rights lawsuit on Salaita’s behalf. Loevy & Loevy… Read More
Loevy & Loevy client Juan A. Rivera, Jr., announced on Friday, March 20, 2015, that he has agreed to a $20 million settlement of all claims in the civil rights case Rivera v. Lake County, et al., No. 12 C 8665 (N.D. Ill.). Mr. Rivera’s $20 million settlement is believed to be the largest pre-trial… Read More
Last week, Benton County agreed to a $1 million settlement with the estate of Faith Denise Whitcomb, and to changing its policies, in one of, if not the largest civil rights payouts in the state of Arkansas. Ms. Whitcomb was in her early 50s when she was arrested and detained at Benton County Jail. Her… Read More
On January 9, 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that it had intervened in and settled a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by Dr. Ganesh Elangovan. As part of the settlement, Medical College of Wisconsin agreed to pay the United States $840,000 to resolve allegations that it violated… Read More
On November 5th, a jury acquitted Robert Britton of the sexual assault charges brought against him in 1995. Robert Britton had already been incarcerated for over 10 years before Loevy & Loevy learned about his case and began working with him in his post-conviction proceedings, arguing ineffective assistance of counsel. His original defense counsel, Anthony… Read More
Last week, a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, found that Chaunte Ott deserves a trial on his claims against the City of Milwaukee and the detectives who orchestrated his wrongful conviction for the 1995 murder of a 16 year old Jessica Payne. Mr. Ott was exonerated in 2009 after new DNA evidence connected the semen… Read More
In Illinois’s largest-ever settlement for alleged police misconduct, Loevy & Loevy attorneys Jon Loevy, Russell Ainsworth, and Tara Thompson were part of a team that won $40 million for the “Dixmoor 5,” five African American men who served a combined 79 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Illinois’s largest individual award for… Read More
After being wrongfully convicted of murder, Juan Johnson sued the City of Chicago and police officer Reynaldo Guevara. After a trial, a federal jury awarded Juan Johnson $21 million. Juan Johnson claimed that detective Guevara framed Johnson for a brutal murder he did not commit, for which Johnson served 11½ years in prison.
Wrongfully convicted man, Juan Johnson, wins $21 million—the largest award of its kind against the City of Chicago—in a civil lawsuit after serving 11½ years in prison. Attorneys from law firm Loevy & Loevy claim the Chicago detective framed Johnson in a brutal murder case.
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