PRESS RELEASES FEATURING TOP CHICAGO PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM ROMANUCCI & BLANDIN
Pulse Nightclub Shooter Had History and Gave Multiple Warnings
Victims File Suit Saying Worst Shooting Massacre In U.S. History Could Have Been Stopped
ORLANDO, FL (March 22, 2017) Dozens of survivors and families of victims have filed a legal complaint claiming there is evidence that the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre could have been prevented by the shooter’s employer and his wife, who were aware of his mental instability and deliberate commission to commit acts of violence – and did nothing. More than 50 plaintiffs are represented in the case, which was filed today in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. He entered the club while carrying a Sig Sauer MCX .223-caliber rifle and a Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol. By the time his rampage ended more than three hours later, 49 people were dead and 53 others were wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history. This tragedy, targeted at Orlando’s LGBT community, was rendered all the more unfortunate by the number of ways that it could have – and should have – been predicted and prevented.
Dozens of surviving victims and the estates of many of those who died have retained the Chicago-based civil rights law firm Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Philadelphia-based Law Offices of Conrad Benedetto and the Jacksonville-based Gregory Law Firm to represent their interests in this complaint.
The complaint states that Mateen’s employer, G4S PLC, the world’s largest security company, headquartered in Britain, and its U.S. subsidiary, G4S Secure Solutions, based in Jupiter, Florida, had knowledge of Mateen’s mental instability and intent to harm prior to the event. The company maintained its stance that Mateen was psychologically sound and fit to carry a firearm on the job as a security agent. Despite his troubling statements to co-workers, the company failed to comply with its own internal protocol to report changes in his mental health and seize his weapon. The mental health validation issued by his employer was reviewed by Florida officials before Mateen purchased the weapons used in the Pulse nightclub tragedy. The company had been fined by the State of Florida for falsifying mental health validations for other employees in the past.
Furthermore, the complaint states that Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, also had prior knowledge of his violent objectives and did not report him to authorities.
“The evidence we’ve seen clearly shows there were multiple warning signs before the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, and we believe those named in this complaint – the employer of Omar Mateen and his wife – could have and should have taken steps to prevent this senseless act of violence,” said Antonio Romanucci, principal and partner, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.
“The horror of that night has changed me forever, both physically and mentally. It’s stunning to think that this tragedy could have been stopped,” said Ilka Reyes, survivor of the massacre who was shot multiple times in the back and in the hand.
“Our family can not begin to describe the terrible loss we have suffered and the grief we continue to endure with the loss of a loving brother, son and friend. Our community will never ever be the same,” said Wigberto Cintron-Capo, brother of Luis Omar Capo, who died in the attack.
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC embodies a goal of creating change, not only for the individual but on a national scale as well, so that wrongdoers stop their deceptive practices and instead ensure that the products and services used by the public are safe. The firm is committed to fighting for civil justice. For more information visit http://www.rblaw.net
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CHICAGO, IL (February 1, 2017) Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two Lake Zurich High School (LZHS) students who fell victim to the abuses of bullying and hazing taking place on the school’s football team in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The lawsuit was filed against Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, school officials and coaches at LZHS for allowing acts of hazing and bullying to occur within the team locker room, including forcing teammates to strip naked and forced and un-consensual sexual assault.
The bullying discussed in the lawsuit of both students was part of longstanding and prevalent hazing rituals and traditions of the Lake Zurich football team extending as far back as 1997, and known to coaches long-before the dates of the Plaintiffs’ assaults. These egregious events were taking place, for instance, after the teams’ Thursday night “pasta dinners,” where upon at the conclusion of the dinner, members of the team would proceed to the locker room and engage in the tradition of “roasts.” Where upon information and belief, the social pressure and bullying became so severe and intense that even unwilling participants were forced to take part in acts that are assaultive, illegal, and often sexual in nature.
CHICAGO, IL – (December 8, 2016) Attorneys from Romanucci & Blandin announced today that they have been retained to represent the family of Bernard Cottrell, a 65-year-old from Roane County West Virginia, who was shot and killed on September 6, 2016 following a pursuit by West Virginia State Troopers and Roane County officers. The firm has demanded that all police reports and video footage related to the incident be released immediately so that the family can know the truth behind exactly what happened to their loved one who tragically and unnecessarily lost his life in September.
On September 5, Roane County officers were called to the home of Cottrell by his family members simply as a precautionary measure. It was then requested by the officers that the family obtain a mental hygiene petition for Cottrell, who suffered from a long history of non-violent schizophrenia. The following day, the same officers and additional police were dispatched to handle a similar situation involving Cottrell. Despite the officers’ knowledge of his medical history, no preventative measures were taken to evaluate and de-escalate the scene before 20 to 30 shots were fired by officers, ending Cottrell’s life.
Romanucci & Blandin to Represent Victim of Lake Zurich High School Abuse and Hazing
CHICAGO – (November 16, 2016)
Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced today that it has been retained by the family of a student-athlete who fell victim to the abuses and hazing taking place on the football team at Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci, who handled a recent Northwest Suburban Chicagoland High School District hazing lawsuit and settlement, will be leading the firm’s efforts.
Incidents of widespread, egregious abuse and hazing on the Lake Zurich High School’s football team over the last few months were recently reported and have led to the suspension of head coach David Proffitt and assistant Chad Beaver, raising red flags in the community, and ignoring established policies and principles against hazing and bullying.
“Based upon what we now know about the abuse and hazing taking place on the Lake Zurich High School football team, I am greatly concerned,” said Romanucci. “Incidents of hazing are far too prevalent in our schools. Our team will now be taking the appropriate next steps to ensure that questions and concerns around this widespread abuse which went on for far too long, including the lack of enforcement from school officials, are addressed.
Maine West Hazing Lawsuit Reaches Settlement
CHICAGO – (November 7, 2016)
Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, announced the settlement of a lawsuit today on behalf of its clients, five former student-athletes from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois, against the school, Maine Township High School District 207 and several of its coaches for the hazing of student-athletes by upper classmen that included physical assault.
The suit, which was filed in November of 2012, brought to light the alleged inappropriate hazing rituals which were taking place between students in the athletic program at the school.
Myron Cherry & Associates Files Suit Challenging Chicago Ordinance That Attempts to Revive Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Traffic Camera Tickets Previously Ruled Void
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (NOVEMBER 2, 2016)
The suit alleges that the City of Chicago, at the behest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, passed an ordinance on September 21, 2016 which attempts to authorize new administrative hearings on alleged speed and red light camera offenses that occurred years ago and which had already been found illegal and void in a prior suit entitled Simpson v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 CH 4802 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). Myron M. Cherry and Jacie C. Zolna of Myron M. Cherry & Associates and Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci & Blandin represent the Plaintiffs.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (NOVEMBER 2, 2016)
On November 2, 2016, a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois found that a lawsuit against the City of Chicago challenging the legality of its speed and red light camera enforcement program can proceed as a class action. The suit alleges that the City of Chicago ignored the requirement under its own municipal code to issue the appropriate notice to accused drivers and provide a 14-day grace period prior to issuing a determination of liability, depriving vehicle owners of the statutorily required due process and pre-liability notice. The suit also alleges that the City prematurely assessed late penalties in violation of its own municipal code. Collectively, according to the suit, these practices unlawfully accelerated the City’s ability to issue, enforce and collect fines and penalties.
CHICAGO, IL – (October 19, 2016)
The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’s Personal Injury Attorney Gina Arquilla DeBoni as 2016 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.
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.
$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.
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 (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.
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.
Antonio Romanucci Named to 2016 ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ List in Illinois
CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Antonio M. Romanucci of Chicago has been named to the prestigious ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ list in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2016. This is the 10th consecutive year Romanucci has been recognized as a ‘Top 100’ and the 12th consecutive year that he has been selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Romanucci joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.
Stephan D. Blandin Named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer
CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Stephan D. Blandin, of Park Ridge, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Blandin joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor. 2016 marks the 12th consecutive year that Blandin has been selected to this list.
Frank Sommario Named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer
CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Frank A. Sommario, of Elmhurst, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the first time Sommario has been selected to the Super Lawyer list following six consecutive years on the Illinois Rising Star list. Sommario joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.
Michael Holden Named a 2016 Illinois Rising Star
CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Senior Associate, Michael E. Holden of Park Ridge has been named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Holden joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor. It is the fifth time Holden has been selected to this list.
Chicago Attorney Martin Gould Named a 2016 Illinois Rising Star
CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that Martin D. Gould of Chicago, has been named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the first year Gould has been selected to this impressive list of talented individuals. He joins four other Romanucci & Blandin attorneys with this prestigious honor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit
Historic Federal Lawsuit Models Successful NYPD Case Floyd, et al v. City of New York, et al.
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
Administrative Hearing Reverses DCFS’s Previous Decision
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, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Rebecca Neubauer 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.
Lawsuit alleges unlawful arrest and excessive force by police officers
Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility
Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility
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