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New victory for Hal R. Morris, Jenifer H. Caracciolo and Julie A. Meyer for municipal client

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Hal R. Morris

Hal R. Morris

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Jenifer H. Caracciolo

Jenifer H. Caracciolo

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Julie A. Meyer

Julie A. Meyer

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Hal R. Morris (pictured far left) and Jenifer H. Caracciolo (pictured center) and Chicago Associate Julie A. Meyer (pictured near left) secured an important victory for one of the firm’s municipal clients. The firm represented an Illinois municipality and one of its police officers. In the case, it was alleged that five minor, handicapped girls were allowed to be repeatedly assaulted and raped because of a failure of school officials to take any action to prevent the illegal activity and the failure of our clients (and of others) to inform the school of the perpetrator’s arrest by another municipality. Previously in the case, the firm was successful in having all claims against our clients dismissed on the basis of tort immunity. However, the plaintiffs sought were given leave to amend, after judgment, to name the client’s police officer as an agent of the school district, although he was an on-duty police officer at the time. The firm’s Municipal Group successfully argued that the prior dismissal, which they defended on appeal before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts, barred the newly asserted claims based on the alleged capacity as an agent of the school district. In addition, the judge agreed that even if not barred, the claims could not proceed as a police officer cannot serve two different principals while on duty.