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Bitzer and Emmert Obtain Multiple Dismissals on Behalf of Local County Sheriff's Department

Posted on August 11, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Kristina Bitzer, Jordan Emmert

We are thrilled to share the recent success of Rockford's Kristina Bitzer and Jordan Emmert in achieving multiple dismissals on behalf of a local county sheriff's department, its deputies, and staff facing an unusual deluge of meritless inmate civil rights lawsuits, including allegations of unsanitary conditions, delays in medical treatment, and unlawful assessment of medical copayments. Thanks to the duo’s successful arguments, four dismissals with prejudice were achieved, saving their client significant time and expense in defending these baseless claims.
 
Heyl Royster's Civil Rights and Correctional Healthcare team has extensive experience defending governmental entities and their officials in civil lawsuits alleging civil rights violations across the state of Illinois. 
 
Before law school, Kristina Bitzer enjoyed a decade-long career as an underwriter for multiple prominent property and casualty insurance carriers. This background gives her a broad understanding of all aspects of the insurance relationship, uniquely positioning her to serve her clients. She keeps apprised of developments in the field, understanding that meaningful communication and a nuanced understanding of all relevant facts are crucial to bringing a case to a successful resolution. 
 
Focusing on the defense of civil rights/Section 1983, municipal liability, and employment claims in the federal and state courts, Jordan Emmert routinely represents and advises police officers, corrections officers, correctional medical providers, and County Sheriffs. He also represents local governmental entities and elected officials in personal injury, property damage, and Freedom of Information Act claims.

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