Press Releases - RB Law - RB Law
Join Our Proffessional Network on LinkedIn Follow RB Law on Twitter Like us on Facebook Join our circles on Google Plus Watch our channel on YouTube
Translate : Polski - Español - English

Call Today For A

FREE CONSULTATION

(312) 458-1000 | info@rblaw.net

PRESS RELEASES FEATURING TOP CHICAGO PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM ROMANUCCI & BLANDIN

2016

Lead Attorneys in Federal Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit in Chicago Outraged by Donald J. Trump Recommendations to Increase Use of Unconstitutional Tactics

Romanucci & Blandin Continue Pursuit of Justice for Class Plaintiffs in Stop and Frisk Lawsuit in Chicago
CHICAGO – (September 23, 2016)

Lead Attorney on Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit, Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin, site Trumps comments on increasing the practice of Stop and Frisk – especially in Chicago – as uninformed and potentially dangerous to progress in mending police and African American relations in the city.

“Mr. Trump is speaking out on a topic for which he is not only out-of-touch, but also uniformed on the basic civil liberties of each and every American,” said Romanucci. “His rhetoric on this subject is offensive to the hard work of reform the ACLU and the Chicago Police Department have undertaken,” he added. “The efforts to reform this policy and ensure that stops on Chicago streets meet constitutional and legal standards, could be jeopardized by Trumps brazen comments.”

The complaint filed by Romanucci and Blandin in April of 2015 asserts that the CPD’s widespread constitutional abuses have flourished as a result of, and are directly caused by, policies and practices devised, implemented, and enforced by the City. These entities have: (a) failed to properly screen, train, and supervise CPD officers, (b) inadequately monitored CPD officers and their stop and frisk practices, (c) failed to sufficiently discipline CPD officers who engage in constitutional abuses, and (d) encouraged, sanctioned and failed to rectify the CPD’s unconstitutional practices.

This class action lawsuit to stop the pervasive practice of unconstitutional stop and frisks in the City of Chicago follows a landmark federal class action lawsuit filed in 2008 against the City of New York and NYPD (Floyd, et al. v. City of New York). In August 2013, a federal judge found the NYPD liable for a pattern and practice of racial profiling and unconstitutional stops and frisks.

Based on information made publicly available by the CPD, and recently publicized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, hundreds of thousands of people are stopped or stopped and frisked each year by the CPD without reasonable, articulable suspicion of criminal conduct. In their March 2015 report investigating the CPD’s stop and frisk practices, the ACLU of Illinois found:

  • In 2012 and 2013, half of the written and recorded 250 stops in the CPD’s records did not provide legally sufficient reasons to establish reasonable suspicions for stop and frisk.
  • During a four-month period of May through August 2014, African-American Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all stops (though this demographic constitutes just 32 percent of the city’s population).
  • From May through August 2014, more than 250,000 stops—primarily of African-Americans—did not lead to an arrest; Chicagoans were stopped at a substantially higher rate than New Yorkers in 2011, which was the peak of NYC’s stop and frisk regime.
  • In 2014, there were 93.6 stops in Chicago per 1000 people (between May-August 2014). By contrast, in 2011, at the height of New York City’s stop and frisk practice, there were 22.9 stops per 1,000 people.

The ACLU report also identified a historical pattern of the CPD’s stop and frisk practice during Terry stops (a brief detention of a person by police on reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity but short of probable cause to arrest). According to the report, in the early 1980s, more than 100,000 residents were stopped and frisked and arrested. However, these cases almost never resulted in convictions due to arresting officers not attending court hearings to defend arrests. In the 1990s, a ‘gang loitering ordinance’ led to more than 40,000 stops and frisks and arrests during an 18-month period. An ACLU lawsuit filed on behalf of Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis in the early 2000s, after being subjected to an unwarranted stop and frisk conducted by the CPD, resulted in official policy changes by the CPD. However, these changes have proven futile or insufficient in stopping the practice of unlawful stops and frisks of minorities protected under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The plaintiffs seek judgments against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), in addition to an immediate injunction of stop and frisk practices or a consent decree mandating policy change. The lawsuit is class action No: 1:15-cv-03467.

Those interested in learning more about the federal case can call: 1-800-458-9636; email: badstop@rblaw.net; or visit: www.badstop.org

NOTE TO MEDIA: For questions or to arrange for interviews with Antonio Romanucci, please call the media contact, Anthony Barranco at 312-494-0422 or at 312-709-7766.

$2.5 Million Dollar Settlement Reached in Construction Negligence Lawsuit
CHICAGO – (September 9, 2016) Personal injury law firms, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and the Law Office of Sean C. Burke announced the $2.5-million-dollar settlement of a construction negligence lawsuit today on behalf of their client, Brian delaTorre, who suffered a severe, life-altering knee injury while working on a commercial construction project in 2008. This is the second catastrophic work-injury lawsuit that Stephan Blandin and Sean Burke have prosecuted together resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement at or shortly before trial.

A certified elevator mechanic, delaTorre was working to install two elevators at the Village Commons commercial construction project in downtown Lake Bluff when on the morning of April 22, 2008, the project manager for the general contractor, DJW Ridgeway Building Consultants, Inc., ordered a change in the order of the work. The project’s bricklayers were moving their work to the front of the building which was the elevator mechanics’ only access to the space. The project manager ordered delaTorre and his fellow elevator mechanic to stop work and transport all their necessary elevator materials through the front of the building while the bricklayers were also operating an eight-foot wide and 22,000-pound lull through in the same area.

Antonio M. Romanucci Appointed as Chair of the Police Misconduct
Litigation Group and Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice

CHICAGO, IL (August 8, 2016) – The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has appointed personal injury attorney, Antonio M. Romanucci, as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation group and Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation group, effective July 22, 2016. Founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Mr. Romanucci has been an active member of AAJ for nearly 20 and has served leadership positions since July 2007. This is his second consecutive year serving as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation group.

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Reach $925,000 Dollar Settlement for a Medical Negligence Lawsuit Highlighting the Dangers of Aortic Dissection

CHICAGO (June 29, 2016) – Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the $925,000-dollar settlement of a medical negligence lawsuit today on behalf of their client, Barbara Mini, for a lawsuit involving her deceased husband, Joseph Mini who lost his life on January 25, 2010 after his aortic dissection was allegedly not timely diagnosed by Ira Asher, MD and La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois.

Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci Nominated 3rd Vice President of the ITLA

CHICAGO (June 15, 2016) – Antonio M. Romanucci, Founding Partner and Principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, was recently nominated as 3rd Vice President by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). The Nominating Committee Report was submitted for approval June 10th at ITLA’S Annual Membership Meeting at Westin Chicago River North, Chicago, Illinois.

Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Recognized on Prestigious 2016 Super Lawyer Lists
CHICAGO (March 2, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2016 Illinois Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Stephan D. Blandin, Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci, Principal and Partner, and Frank A. Sommario, Partner, have been named as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers. Michael E. Holden, Senior Associate, and Martin D. Gould, Associate, have been named as 2016 Illinois Rising Stars. They join an elite list of Top Lawyers in Illinois in the practice areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Reach $30 Million Dollar Settlement with Mark J. Holterman, MD and a Major Chicago Area Teaching Hospital for a Boy Left Permanently Disabled and Brain Injured as a Result of 25 Experimental Surgeries

The Lawsuit Ranks as the Fourth Largest Medical Malpractice Suit for a Minor in the State of Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – (February 19, 2016) The medical malpractice attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announced a settlement today on behalf of their client, the Chavez Family, for a lawsuit involving their minor son, who endured 25 experimental surgeries and was critically injured and left disabled for life as a result of the negligent care provided by Mark J. Holterman, MD., who was employed at a major Chicago area teaching hospital. As a result of the settlement, the Chavez family was awarded $30 million dollars – which is the fourth largest medical malpractice suit for a minor in the state of Illinois, and is the largest settlement for a child born with esophageal atresia in Illinois.

The plaintiff was born on November 5, 2009, with a non-life threatening, easily correctable condition called esophageal atresia. The day after his birth, Dr. Mark J. Holterman performed what is typically a routine surgery to repair the condition.  Following the procedure Dr. Holterman failed to exercise due care and began an odyssey of 24 experimental procedures on the young boy. These procedures were not authorized by the hospital and not pursuant to clinical trial protocol. The final surgery culminated in an inappropriate, off-label use of an endoclose needle that severed the child’s pulmonary artery, resulting in profound, irreversible brain injury and cerebral palsy.

2015

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Markita Wells and Her 4-Year-Old Son Against Related Management Company and Parkway Gardens Preservation Group

CHICAGO, IL – (November 24, 2015) Attorneys for private citizen, Markita Wells, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against Related Management Company, LP; LR Development Company, LLC, d/b/a Related Midwest; Parkway Gardens Preservation GP, LLC; and Land Trust No. 10486504 alleging that the defendants’ negligence contributed to Ms. Wells’ 4-year-old son falling from a sixth floor window resulting in severe and permanent injuries, both internally and externally; significant physical pain and emotional suffering; continuing medical expenses; and permanent disability and disfigurement.  

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department to Move Forward

CHICAGO, IL – (November 10, 2015) The motion to dismiss a class action civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Superintendent McCarthy for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stop and frisks by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) of City of Chicago residents, including plaintiffs, has been denied according to an opinion issued yesterday by the Honorable Judge Amy J. St. Eve. Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, filed the class action civil lawsuit in April of 2015.

Attorney Frank A. Sommario of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Named First Vice President of Justinian Society of Lawyers

CHICAGO, IL (October 1, 2015) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly announces that partner Frank A. Sommario has been named first vice president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.  Since the founding of the organization in 1921, the institution has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the U.S.

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department Still Pending

Romanucci & Blandin Commends Agreement and Continues Pursuit of Justice for Class Plaintiffs
CHICAGO, IL – (August 7, 2015) Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, recognizes the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department who announced today an agreement going into effect immediately regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. In addition, the agreement names independent consultant U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue bi-annual reports on the department and recommend policy changes.
.

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient

SHREVEPORT, LA – (July 29, 2015) Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Shatrell McComb and Her Deceased 13-Month-Old Son Against City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins

CHICAGO, IL – (July 23, 2015) Attorneys for private citizen, Shatrell McComb, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins whose willful and wanton conduct resulted in the wrongful death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict That Marion County, Fla., Deputy Was Responsible for Excessive Force in Wrongful Death of Unarmed Man

Ruling sets stage for family of Joshua Salvato to receive $2.3 million award.  A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court jury verdict that Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Lauren Miley violated the civil rights of Joshua Salvato when she used excessive force that resulted in the death of the unarmed 21-year-old.

Romanucci & Blandin Principal and Partner Stephan D. Blandin Admitted to Practice in State of Wisconsin

Founding firm Principal and Partner was recently sworn in to the Wisconsin Bar. Upon receiving the Oath of Office, Blandin can practice in the state of Wisconsin.

$3 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital

Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department

Historic Federal Lawsuit Models Successful NYPD Case Floyd, et al v. City of New York, et al.

$3 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital

Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC and Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File a Class Action Lawsuit against the City of Chicago for Violating Due Process in Automated Speed and Traffic Law Enforcement Violations

Automated Speed and Traffic Law Enforcement Violations

Civil Lawsuit on Student Victims of Hazing at Maine West High School Endures

Administrative Hearing Reverses DCFS’s Previous Decision 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland Receives $50,000 Pledge from the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Frank A. Sommario, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, and past President of WCLA, spearheaded the organization’s decision to donate to the children’s charity.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Rebecca Neubauer to Associate Attorney

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Rebecca Neubauer to associate attorney.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Martin Gould to Associate Attorney

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Martin Gould to associate attorney.

2014

Roy Sherman Files Civil Lawsuit Against Sheriff and Deputies of Marion County

Lawsuit alleges unlawful arrest and excessive force by police officers

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Challenges Ill. Governor-Elect Rauner on Nursing Home Care Reform

Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and The Center for Public Integrity Uncover Major Disparities in Nursing Home Care

Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Sexual Abuse Victims Against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Rickey Williams 

Attorney Michael Holden of Romanucci & Blandin, Admitted to Practice in State of Wisconsin

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Two Law Clerks to Associate Attorneys

Marion County FL Sheriffs’ Office and Deputies are Found Guilty by a Federal Jury for Wrongful Death by Shooting an Unarmed 21 Year Old

Soccer-coach verdict sends wrong message

Chicago Law Firm Romanucci & Blandin Hosts Cocktail Reception Supporting Sharon Oden Johnson for Appellate Court Justice

2013

Antonio Romanucci, Stephan Blandin Named to Super Lawyers’ List of Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois

The Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin recently announced the filing of a new suit on behalf of a fifth victim of brutal hazing at Maine West High School.

Maine West Hazing Lawsuit to Proceed

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Named Aviation Law Firm of the Year

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Applauds Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in effectuating a 4.5% reduction in the statewide average rate used to calculate workers’ compensation insurance premiums

Romanucci & Blandin Recognized Among “Best Lawyers in Chicago”

Frank A. Sommario Elected and Installed as 2013 President of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Frank A. Sommario Elected and Installed as 2013 President of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

CONGRATULATIONS To our Principal and Partner Antonio M. Romanucci For being recognized by his peers as one of the Top 100 ‘Super Lawyers’ in Illinois for 2013!

$4 Million-Plus Settlement for Young Man who Falls off Hospital Roof

2012

Romanucci Calls for Maine West Coaches, Principal To Be Fired in Maine West High School Hazing Scandal

Romanucci & Blandin Announces That More Parents Have Joined Suit against Staff, Former Coaches for Vicious Hazing at Maine West High School

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Maine West High School Student for Acts of Battery, Sexual Assault

Romanucci & Blandin is Co-counsel in Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeking Justice for Josh Salvato

Antonio Romanucci Leads Two Workshops at Annual Judges Symposium

Frank A. Sommario Named to Law Bulletin’s “40 Under 40” List

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit Against Raani Corporation on Behalf of Family of Deceased Victim

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuits Against Trampoline Parks
On Behalf of Two Chicago Area Families

Bruno Marasso Joins Romanucci & Blandin

Romanucci & Blandin to Represent Two Chicago Families Whose Children Were Injured in Trampoline Parks

Chicago Area Family Files Lawsuit Against Manufacturer of Slalom Glider

Five Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Make 2012 SuperLawyer® Status

Romanucci & Blandin Retained by Family of Fatal Chicago Shooting Victim

Rebekah Williams Joins Romanucci & Blandin

2011

Frank Sommario Inducted as Officer in Justinian Society of Lawyers

Frank Sommario Re-Elected to Board of Governors Of Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois State Law Protects Those Injured on the Job (Romanucci & Blandin Offers Brochure on Workers’ Compensation)

Three Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Named a 2011 SuperLawyers Rising Star

Romanucci & Blandin Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Christopher Coleman and Joyce Meyer Ministries In Sheri Coleman Murder Case

Stephan Blandin Reappointed to Illinois ARDC Hearing Board

Romanucci Reappointed General Counsel To Italian American Chamber

Antonio Romanucci Named as 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers ®

Antonio Romanucci is President of Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans for 2011-12

2010

What’s Wrong With America

Letter to the Editor, Metal Baseball Bats Have No Place in Youth Sports

Romanucci & Blandin to File Lawsuit Against Baseball Bat Manufacturer on behalf of Family Of 11-year-old Victim of Baseball-related Accident

$1.477 Million Verdict Rendered in Construction Site Accident

Gina Arquilla DeBoni Joins Romanucci & Blandin

Richard F. Pellegrino Joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel

Frank A. Sommario Elected Treasurer of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Romanucci & Blandin Reaches $1-million Settlement in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

2009

$22.3 Million Verdict Rendered in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

Attorneys to Establish Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Clinic at Rainbow PUSH

Romanucci and Cates Named State Coordinators

Michael E. Holden Joins Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci Installed as First Vice President Of Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, Named a Super Lawyer ®

2008

Frank Sommario Elected to Board of Governors of Illinois State Bar Association

House Speaker Pelosi Praises Romanucci

State Law Protects Those Injured on the Job

Romanucci to Speak on Confidentiality of Injury Settlements

Traffic Accident Victim Receives 1.4 Million

Romanucci Named Chair of Bernardin Award Dinner

Lawsuit Filed Against The Blue Man Group Claims Grandfather Injured by Cast Members at Performance

Frank A. Sommario Elected to Board of Directors of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

2007

Romanucci Speaks at Traumatic Brain Injury Summit

Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Department By Son of Late Rapper Freddie Wilson

Romanucci & Blandin Settle Wrongful Death Case for $4 Million

Romanucci & Blandin Is Among Top 12 Injury Law Firms in Illinois

Appellate Court Upholds $17.6 Million Verdict In Police Car Chase

Romanucci & Blandin Files Suit Against NAPA For Monster Truck Accident in DeKalb

Free Consultation

Please leave this field empty.
Romanucci & Blandin Collection
RB Law Trial Attorney // Birth Injury Attorney // Police Misconduct Attorney // Trampoline Attorney // Child Safety Attorney // Nursing Home Abuse Attorney // Personal Injury Attorney // Drug Recall Attorney // Workers Compensation