Whatever your feelings towards tort reform, these cases make it clear that tort reform will just further injustice. Many states with "tort reform" have simply capped damages at $250,000.
This woman is facing a lifetime of pain, challenges, and medical expenses. Capping her damages will only force her parents to make impossible decisions. Regardless, the City could save tens of thousands in attorney's fees, perhaps hundreds of thousands if they lose and have to pay the litigant's attorneys' fees, by settling the matter.
I think it is a stretch that the police were privileged to drop this woman off, in her condition, in a rough neighborhood. Remember, the Seventh Circuit, sua sponte, already lambasted the City and the Chicago Police Department for its handling of the matter. Clearly they have no avenue to appeal the case because the Seventh Circuit has already decided that this woman's rights were violated.
So, after 6 years of burning tax payer dollars, they have angered a federal district judge and the Seventh Circuit (especially Judge Posner, who as Justice Scalia knows, is not someone you want to irk), but are that much farther from dismissing or obtaining summary judgment. In fact, as they approach trial their case seems to be unraveling. This is a lost opportunity and a failure in trial preparation and planning.
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