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Dog Bite Settlement

Interesting case and large settlement for dog bite case in Illinois. Dog Bite Settlement is Largest in Illinois History | NBC Chicago      


Female bartender brutally beaten by drunken off-duty Chicago cop awarded $850,000

Will the city act? That’s the question many Chicagoans will be asking Wednesday – a day after the dramatic conclusion of a civil trial that stemmed from a notorious 2007 beating of a female bartender by off-duty police officer Anthony Abbate. … Continue reading


The Anthony Abbate, Jr. Civil Trial: And This Verdict Means What Now?

When a federal jury on Tuesday found in favor of Karolina Obrycka and found the City of Chicago and Anthony Abbate, Jr. responsible, and awarded her $850,000 in compensatory damages, Obrycka said she was glad that justice had been served. … Continue reading


Jury Awards $850K To Woman Beaten By Chicago Cop Anthony Abbate

A federal jury has ruled against the city of Chicago and a former Chicago police officer, in a civil trial alleging a code of silence in the Chicago Police Department led to the brutal beating of a female bartender five … Continue reading


Abbate verdict: Jury rules against city of Chicago, Obrycka awarded $850K

A federal jury agreed Tuesday that Chicago police adhered to a code of silence protecting fellow officers in the case of a female bartender, whose beating by an off-duty officer was videotaped and went viral online. Read full story at … Continue reading


Abbate: No memory of bartender beating, calls

A former Chicago police officer convicted of beating a female bartender says he never asked fellow officers to help him out of trouble for that 2007 incident. Anthony Abbate was back on the stand Tuesday in the civil trial filed … Continue reading


Court Report: Anthony Abbate, Jr. Civil Trial, Day 1

“He was a man, in a bar, getting drunk.” Anthony Abbate Jr. said he felt threatened by Karolina Obrycka when he pummeled and threw her around Jesse’s Shortstop Inn in Chicago on February 19, 2007. But, as City attorney Matthew … Continue reading


Abbate Civil Trial Begins

The ex-Chicago cop fired after he was convicted of beating a female bartender is back in court — this time, facing a lawsuit in federal court. Read the full story at CBS Chicago


Civil Litigation?

I sometimes wonder why they call our practice civil litigation.  Most of the time there is nothing civil about it.  We are supposed to be professionals, but I think far too many in our profession treat their adversaries with such … Continue reading


Trial Victory

A long week of trial ended with Mike Malatesta earning a victory on behalf of his client the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant in a premises liability case.  Plaintiff suffered a subdural hematoma which required surgery to to repair.  Some interesting issues … Continue reading