Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Sassan Secures Summary Judgment for Teenager in §1983 Case

Anthony J. Sassan recently secured a summary judgment for a teenage client in a lawsuit that alleged civil rights violations under Section 1983 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code. Sassan, an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, joined Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in 2010.

The client, the son of a police officer, had been involved in two separate altercations with the plaintiff of the later §1983 civil rights action. In the first altercation the son received a gash to his neck when that plaintiff bit him.

After police investigations, the plaintiff in the eventual civil rights litigation was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. The charge was later reduced to battery, and he was found not guilty in the criminal matter.

He and his family then filed a §1983 civil rights lawsuit against the individual officers involved in the investigations, the police department, the city, and the police officer’s son. In prevailing at summary judgment for the firm’s client, Sassan was able to establish that the teenage son of the police officer neither “acted in concert with” nor “directed” the police investigation, and that he did not act “under color of law.”

Sassan, a former Will County assistant state’s attorney, has tried more than 80 cases to verdict and has handed nearly 200 cases during the course of his 18-year legal career. Before joining Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest McHenry County law firm, Sassan had an extensive federal district court background and considerable experience in the state courts of Cook, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.