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Case Name Lopez v. City of Chicago PN-IL-0009
Docket / Court NO. 01 C 1823 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization Loevy & Loevy
Case Summary
On March 15, 2001, the Chicago civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy filed a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking damages on behalf of plaintiff Joseph Lopez for alleged constitutional violations stemming ... read more >
On March 15, 2001, the Chicago civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy filed a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking damages on behalf of plaintiff Joseph Lopez for alleged constitutional violations stemming from his arrest in July 2000 by Chicago police for a murder he did not commit. Plaintiff alleged that after he was taken into custody in shooting death of a 12-year old girl, he was held by Chicago police in a in a nine-by-seven-foot interrogation room for four days, handcuffed to a ring on the wall. He alleged he was deprived of sleep, beaten and threatened in an attempt to coerce him into a confessing to the murder. Ultimately, Lopez gave a false confession, which he later recanted. The confession did not match did not match the forensic evidence from the crime scene. On the fifth day of his detention, police charged Lopez with murder and held a press conference to announce the charges. That same day, a different man, Miguel Figueroa was arrested and confessed to the child's murder. The charges against Lopez were dropped and this lawsuit followed.

Plaintiff's suit alleged Section 1983 claims against the City of Chicago and several detectives and police officers for excessive force, unlawful detention, police torture, and conspiracy in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. He also brought supplemental state law claims. The defendants denied all allegations and the City moved to bifurcate the Section 1983 claims against it from the claims against the individuals officers to stay discovery against the City until after discovery against the individual officers was concluded. The District Court (Judge Darrah) denied the request for bifurcation, but ordered that discovery against the City be stayed pending later reassessment. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2002 WL 335346, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3458 (N.D.Ill. Mar 01, 2002).

Plaintiff then moved to amend his complaint to add class action claims to reform an unconstitutional Chicago Police Department practice known as the "hold past court call" procedure. Plaintiff alleged that this procedure allowed police to continue investigating and interrogating recent arrestees without taking them before a judicial official for a determination of probable cause. The District Court (Judge Darrah) granted the motion over defendants' objections. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2002 WL 31415767, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20613 (N.D.Ill. Oct 25, 2002). Plaintiff filed his second amended complaint with class allegations on November 12, 2002. Discovery continued.

The District Court granted summary judgment on several claims against the two police officers who initially arrested plaintiff. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2004 WL 725790, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5371 (N.D.Ill. Mar 31, 2004). Plaintiff decided to withdrew his request for class certification and the case proceeded on plaintiff's claims against the remaining defendants.

Note that after dropping the class action claims, plaintiff's attorneys, Loevy & Loevy, filed a separate class action lawsuit on October 21, 2004, challenging the detention practices of the Chicago Police Department. That suit was styled Dunn v. City of Chicago [See PN-IL-0008 of this collection]

Following pre-trial motions, see Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2005 WL 563212 (N.D.Ill. Mar 08, 2005), the case proceeded to trial against the remaining individual defendants. After 7 days of testimony, the District Court (Judge Deryeghiayan) refused to submit the majority of plaintiff's claims (claims for unlawful extended detention, unlawful conditions of confinement intention infliction of emotional distress) to the jury for deliberation and ruled that defendants were entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The only claims to go to the jury were the excessive force and assault and battery claims against Officer Gomez, who allegedly punched plaintiff when driving him to the station for questioning. The jury found in favor of Officer Gomez. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2005 WL 711986, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6160 (N.D.Ill. Mar 23, 2005) Plaintiff appealed. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 464 F.3d 711 (7th Cir. 2006). The Appeals Court found that Lopez was entitled to judgment as a matter of law on his unlawful detention claim and that the trial court should have submitted the police torture and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims to the jury.

On remand, the case was settled on terms that were not made public. Under the settlement, plaintiff's attorneys petitioned the Court for an award of attorney's fees. The District Court (Judge Elaine E. Bucklo) awarded plaintiff $819,577.00 in fees, $11,537.12 for taxable expenses and $26,905.68 for non-taxable expenses. Lopez v. City of Chicago, 2007 WL 4162805, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85708 (N.D.Ill. Nov 20, 2007).

Dan Dalton - 02/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
General
Conditions of confinement
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
False arrest
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Individual arrested by Chicago police and held in an interrogation room for 4 days
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Loevy & Loevy
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-IL-0008 : Dunn v. City of Chicago (N.D. Ill.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:01-cv-01823 (N.D. Ill.) 11/20/2007
PN-IL-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/16/2001
PN-IL-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 03/01/2002 (2002 WL 335346) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order [on motion to amend complaint to add class action allegations] 10/25/2002 (2002 WL 31415767) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 11/12/2002
PN-IL-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Letter Re: Opinion Testimony 10/13/2003
PN-IL-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion 03/31/2004 (2004 WL 725790) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion 03/08/2005 (2005 WL 563212) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion [on motions for judgment as a matter of law] 03/23/2005 (2005 WL 711986) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order by Court of Appeals 09/22/2006 (464 F.3d 711)
PN-IL-0009-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order 11/20/2007 (2007 WL 4162805) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Brown, Geraldine Soat (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
PN-IL-0009-0001
Bucklo, Elaine E. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Darrah, John W. (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0001 | PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0005 | PN-IL-0009-0006
Der-Yeghiayan, Samuel (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009
Flaum, Joel Martin (N.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
PN-IL-0009-0004
Sykes, Diane S. (Seventh Circuit)
PN-IL-0009-0004
Williams, Ann Claire (N.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
PN-IL-0009-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ainsworth, Russel R. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Faraci, Peter J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0003
Kanovitz, Michael I. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0003 | PN-IL-0009-0004 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Loevy, Danielle (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0001 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Loevy, Arthur R. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0001 | PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0004 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Loevy, Jonathan I. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0001 | PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Rosenblatt, Jonathan A. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0001 | PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers DiCianni, Thomas George (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Duarte, Allen (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-0010 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Dunlop, James Cordray (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Ghezzi, June K. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Hawley, Alicia Marie (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Kapernekas, Dina Marie (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Loose, Suzanne M. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0004
Manly, Michael P. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Murray, Brian Joseph (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-9000
Proctor, Darcy L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Schroeder, Paul W. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Sheerin, Caroline K. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-9000
Skiermont, Karey Vering (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Tootooian, Michael W. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0002 | PN-IL-0009-0007 | PN-IL-0009-0008 | PN-IL-0009-0009 | PN-IL-0009-9000
Zreczny, Myriam (Illinois)
PN-IL-0009-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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