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Case Name Vodak v. City of Chicago PN-IL-0010
Docket / Court 03-2463 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
On March 20, 2003, thousands of people gathered in Chicago to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Roughly 700 of these demonstrators were detained, arrested, jailed, or falsely charged with crimes. On April 10, 2003, represented by public interest attorneys, they filed a class action lawsuit in the ... read more >
On March 20, 2003, thousands of people gathered in Chicago to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Roughly 700 of these demonstrators were detained, arrested, jailed, or falsely charged with crimes. On April 10, 2003, represented by public interest attorneys, they filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the City and its Police Department for violations of their rights to free speech and assembly and to be free from unlawful detainment and arrest. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that the defendants unlawfully detained and imprisoned the class by "herding,""sweeping" and then "pinning" them in a small area, preventing them from either leaving or continuing to peacefully demonstrate.

Plaintiffs also claimed they were subjected to unnecessary and excessive force, arrested and imprisoned in police vehicles and cells for as long as 36 hours. Plaintiffs sought injunctive and monetary relief.

After lengthy discovery disputes, on April 17, 2006, the District Court (Judge Virginia M. Kendall) certified a class and sub-classes. Two days later, the Court denied various motions by defendants to dismiss claims and denied defendants' motion seeking to relieve the City of Chicago from liability for the acts charged.

On June 30, 2009, the Court denied class certification and dismissed plaintiffs' claims against the City on grounds of immunity.

On March 17, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit reversed and remanded both judgments. Vodak v. City of chicago, 639 F.3d 738 (7th Cir. 2011).

On June 28, 2012, the court approved a class action settlement. On November 7, 2012, the court issued a Final Judgement outlining the terms of the settlement as well as payments to be made to the defendants.

Andrew Steiger - 11/12/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Conditions of confinement
Excessive force
False arrest
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Chicago residents who were protesters and bystanders at a protest in Chicago on March 20, 2003.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
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)
1:03−cv−02463 (N.D. Ill.) 09/07/2012
PN-IL-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/10/2003
PN-IL-0010-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 07/09/2003
PN-IL-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order 01/15/2004 (2004 WL 783051) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 05/03/2004
PN-IL-0010-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 05/07/2004 (2004 WL 1381043) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/09/2004 (2004 WL 2032147) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint 12/30/2004
PN-IL-0010-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting Motion for Class Certification) 04/17/2006 (2006 WL 1037151) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/19/2006 (2006 WL 1049736) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Order and Opinion 08/30/2006 (2006 WL 2524141) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 03/10/2008 (2008 WL 687221) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/27/2009 (624 F.Supp.2d 933) (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) 06/09/2011 (639 F.3d 738)
PN-IL-0010-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Press Release 02/09/2012
PN-IL-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Preliminary Approval of Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement of Class Action 05/14/2012 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint motion to approve Amended Class Action Settlement and Amended Agreement of Settlement 06/26/2012
PN-IL-0010-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment Order 11/07/2012 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kendall, Virginia Mary (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010-0005 | PN-IL-0010-0011 | PN-IL-0010-0012 | PN-IL-0010-0013 | PN-IL-0010-0014 | PN-IL-0010-0015 | PN-IL-0010-0016 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Nolan, Nan R. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
PN-IL-0010-0003 | PN-IL-0010-0007 | PN-IL-0010-0009
Posner, Richard Allen (Seventh Circuit)
PN-IL-0010-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fennerty, James Russell (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0004 | PN-IL-0010-0006 | PN-IL-0010-0008 | PN-IL-0010-0010 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Gelsomino, Sarah Jeanette (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0017 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Hoft, Janine L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0004 | PN-IL-0010-0006 | PN-IL-0010-0008 | PN-IL-0010-0010 | PN-IL-0010-0017 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Langone, Christopher V. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0004 | PN-IL-0010-0006 | PN-IL-0010-0008 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Mogul, Joey L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0004 | PN-IL-0010-0008 | PN-IL-0010-0010 | PN-IL-0010-0017 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Power, Melinda L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0004 | PN-IL-0010-0006 | PN-IL-0010-0008 | PN-IL-0010-0010 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Stainthorp, John Ladell (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0017 | PN-IL-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brodrick, Audrey Lane (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Donham, Cary E. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0017
Engquist, Josh Michael (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Fabian, Kellye L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Hamilton, Jennifer Louise (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Jackson, Heather Ann (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0017
Jebson, Scott J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Levy, Richard Bruce (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Mayer, Jeffrey J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
McAusland, Alec Meachem (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Radia, Bhairav (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Roddy, Joseph P. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Sikes, Richard Thomas Jr. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-9000
Slagel, Allan T. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0010-0017
Other Lawyers None on record

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