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First Midwest Bank v. City of Chicago

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

December 15, 2017

FIRST MIDWEST BANK, as Guardian of the estate and person of Michael D. LaPorta, a disabled person, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF CHICAGO, a municipal corporation; Defendant.

          Eileen E. Rosen One of their attorneys

          DEFENDANT CITY OF CHICAGO'S CORRECTED RULE 50(b) RENEWED MOTION FOR JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW

          Honorable Judge Leinenweber

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………….. 1

         I. Plaintiff Failed to Prove a Constitutional Violation ………………………… ........... 1

         A. The City is Not Liable for Conduct of a Private Actor ………………… ............ 2

         B. Plaintiff Failed to Adduce Sufficient Evidence that Kelly Intentionally or With Reckless Indifference Shot LaPorta …………………………………….. 6

         II. The Jury's Finding of Monell Liability is not Supported by the Evidence …… ...... 9

         A. The Evidence Does Not Demonstrate the Existence of Widespread Practices of Failing to Maintain an Adequate Early Warning System or Failing to Discipline … ........................................................................................................ 11

         1. Failure to Maintain an Adequate Early Warning System ………………….. 12

         2. Failure to Discipline ……………………………………………………….. 15

         3. Failure to Investigate ………………………………………………………. 19

         B. There Was Insufficient Evidence to Establish that the City's Policymaker was Deliberately Indifferent ……………………………………………… ....... 21

         1. There Was No Evidence of Deliberate Indifference by the Chicago City Council to Any Failure to Maintain an Adequate Early Warning System ……………………………………………………………………… 22

         2. There Was No Evidence of Deliberate Indifference by the Chicago City Council to Any Widespread Practice of Failing to Discipline ………… ....... 23

         C. There Was a Legally Insufficient Evidentiary Basis to Establish that a Widespread Practice was the Cause of Plaintiff's Injury ……………………... 25

         Cases

         Alexander v. South Bend, 433 F.3d 550, 557 (7th Cir. 2006) .......................................................... 5

         American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Co. v. Sullivan, 526 U.S. 40, 52 (1999) ................... 3

         Ciomber v. Cooperative Plus, Inc., 527 F.3d 635, 640 n.1 (7th Cir.2008) ................................... 26

         City of Los Angeles v. Heller, 475 U.S. 796, 799 (1986) ................................................................ 3

         City of Oklahoma City v. Tuttle, 471 U.S. 808, 824 (1985) .............................................. 10, 26, 27

         Collins v. City of Harker Heights, Tex., 503 U.S. 115, 120 (1992) ............................................ 1, 6

         Connick v. Thompson, 563 U.S. 51, 61-62 (2011) ................................................................. 10, 21

         County of Sacramento v. Lewis, 523 U.S. 833, 845-6 (1998) ......................................................... 2

         Craft v. Flagg, No. 06 C 1451, 2010 WL 5363914, at *2 (N.D. Ill.Dec. 13, 2010) .................... 27

         Czajkowski v. City of Chicago, 810 F.Supp. 1428, 1439 (N.D.Ill.1992) ...................................... 23

         D.S. v. E. Porter Cty. Sch. Corp., 799 F.3d 793, 800 (7th Cir. 2015) ............................................ 4

         Daniel v. Cook Cty., 833 F.3d 728, 734 (7th Cir. 2016) ............................................................... 11

         DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1988) ................ 3

         Doe ex rel. Magee v. Covington County School District ex rel. Keyes, 675 F.3d 849 (5th Cir.2012) ........................................................................................................................................... 5

         Fairley v. Andrews, 430 F.Supp.2d 786, 801 (N.D. Ill. 2006) .................................................... 11

         Flagg Brothers, Inc. v. Brooks, 436 U.S. 149, 164 (1978) ............................................................. 3

         Gibson v. City of Chicago 910 F.2d 1510, 1521 (7th Cir. 1990) .................................................... 5

         Gill v. City of Milwaukee, 850 F.3d 335, 344 (7th Cir. 2017) .................................... 11, 16, 18, 20

         Hammond Group., Ltd. v. Spalding & Evenflo Cos., 69 F.3d 845, 848 (7th Cir. 1995). . .............. 1

         In re Cohen, 507 F.3d 610, 614 (7th Cir.2007) .............................................................................. 9

         Jackson v. Marion Cty., 66 F.3d 151, 152 (7th Cir. 1995) ........................................................... 11

         Jenkins v. Bartlett, 487 F.3d 482, 492 (7th Cir. 2007) .................................................................... 5

         Kolstad v. Am. Dental Assoc., 527 U.S. 526, 536-8 (1999) ............................................................ 6

         Latuszkin v. City of Chicago,250 F.3d 502 (7th Cir. 2001) ...


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