Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More

Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More

New York Attorney General Proposes New Financial Fraud Whistleblower Legislation

Currently in New York, there is no law to protect whistleblowers who report securities or other financial violations. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is hoping to change that. He is proposing a new bill – the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act. The proposed whistleblower program provides similar protections as the SEC whistleblower program.  That… Read More

Three Years After Miller v. Alabama: Uncertainty Remains For the Hundreds of Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Sentences Without Parole

In Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court held that life sentences without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for juvenile offenders violated the Eighth Amendment where the sentence fails to consider the defendant’s age and other characteristics related to “youth.” Going forward, it is clear that no juvenile will be subject to an LWOP sentence… Read More

SEC Warns Employers to Stay Clear of “Pre-taliatory” Acts

In 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law and established the SEC Office of the Whistleblower. This act was in response to the Great Recession and the need for greater transparency and accountability in the financial system.  The SEC Office of the Whistleblower allows whistleblowers to provide… Read More

All Police Departments in Illinois Are Required to Video-record Lineups and Photo Arrays Effective January 1, 2015.

All police departments across Illinois are now required to video-record lineups and photo arrays as part of a new state law aimed to prevent police from influencing witness identifications. This reform is long overdue. Misidentification is the leading factor in wrongful conviction cases. Misidentification contributed to approximately 75% of all wrongful convictions exonerated by DNA… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Client Juan Rivera Awarded Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement in U.S. History

Loevy & Loevy client Juan A. Rivera, Jr., announced on Friday, March 20, 2015, that he has agreed to a $20 million settlement of all claims in the civil rights case Rivera v. Lake County, et al., No. 12 C 8665 (N.D. Ill.). Mr. Rivera’s $20 million settlement is believed to be the largest pre-trial… Read More

Heightened Whistleblower Protection Laws Help Increase Recovery for the Government

With the implementation of more legislation protecting whistleblowers, the rate at which whistleblowers come forward has increased. In 2014, the DOJ recovered a record $5.69 billion through settlements related to False Claims Act cases.  That is up from $3.8 billion recovered in 2013.  Since 2009, the DOJ has recovered $22.75 billion in total from fraud… Read More

Loevy & Loevy Recognized at Chicago Appleseed’s Pillars of Justice Awards Reception

Loevy & Loevy Partners Mike Kanovitz (L) and Jon Loevy (R) Loevy & Loevy received the Social Justice Advocacy award at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice 2015 Pillars of Justice Awards Reception on March 12th for its civil rights and Sixth Amendment advocacy. The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is an impact research, education and advocacy organization… Read More