D. v. Clifton, Larsen, Allen, PC 12 L12 (Lee) 2013
Settlement prior to trial for $40,000,000.00
This case involves the embezzlement of $53 million dollars from the City
of Dixon by Rita Crundwell, who served as comptroller and treasurer of
Dixon, Illinois, from 1983 to April 2012. This was reported to be the
largest embezzlement of a municipality in the history of the United States.
Plaintiff, the City of Dixon, brought a negligence action against Clifton,
Larsen, Allen, Fifth Third Bank and Janis Card & Associates. Clifton,
Larsen, Allen was the accounting firm hired by the City of Dixon to perform
the City’s annual audits throughout the time period of Rita Crundwell’s
theft. Plaintiff alleged that Clifton was negligent in that it failed
to discover the theft of the money during the performance of their annual
audits. Clifton was further negligent in not reporting and/or investigating
numerous irregularities in Rita Crundwell’s tax returns. Fifth Third
Bank and its predecessor banks held multiple City of Dixon accounts as
well as a “secret” account improperly opened in the City of
Dixon’s name by Rita Crundwell which she used to deposit the stolen
City of Dixon funds. Rita Crundwell then used the account to pay for numerous
personal items such as jewelry, automobiles and to finance her equestrian
business. Plaintiff alleged that Fifth Third Bank was negligent in allowing
Rita Crundwell to open the secret account and also failed to disclose
the existence of this account in annual bank confirmations to the City’s
accountants. Plaintiff alleged that Janis Card & Associates was negligent
in failing to identify the theft and by entering into a joint venture
with Clifton, Larsen, Allen to perform the City of Dixon audits after 2005.
T. v. Undisclosed Defendants08 L 7156 (Cook) 2013
Settlement prior to trial for $35,000,000.00
(2nd Chair with Joseph A. Power, Jr.)
Minor plaintiff at three months of age was intubated by defendant physician.
Plaintiff alleges that defendant doctor and undisclosed hospital were
negligent in the failure to intubate Dalian causing subglottic stenosis.
The subglottic stenosis subsequently required the plaintiff to have a
tracheostomy. In September of 2006, the minor plaintiff was hospitalized
at a separate hospital when the tracheostomy tube occluded and caused
an anoxic event. Plaintiff did not receive proper oxygenation for approximately
12-15 minutes. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to monitor
the plaintiff while hospitalized.
H. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 11 L 3640 (Cook County) (2014)
Settlement Prior to Trial: $8,500,000.00
On June 23, 2010, the Plaintiff suffered an arrest and subsequent lack
of oxygen resulting in a brain injury. Plaintiff alleged that the cause
of her arrest and oxygen deprivation was an occluded tracheostomy tube
which was not addressed in a timely fashion by the Defendant Hospital
staff. Plaintiff suffered a severe brain injury. Plaintiff's past
medical bills at the time of settlement were approximately $1.8 Million.
B. v. Undisclosed Healthcare Providers, 10 L 304 (Winnebago County) (2014)
Settlement Prior to Trial: $7,000,000.00
Plaintiff was born at 25.5 weeks. At 11 days of life, plaintiff contracted
three blood borne infections. Plaintiff deteriorated and ultimately suffered
a hypoxic event as a result of the infection. Plaintiff developed periventricular
leukomalacia or PVL. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent
in performing the hygiene and sanitary procedures in the NICU unit which
led to plaintiff’s infection. Plaintiff further alleged that the
defendant Dr. Siddiqui, a neonatologist, and the nursing staff failed
to respond timely to identify and treat the infections. Plaintiff alleged
that the cause of plaintiff’s PVL was the hypoxic event arising
from the infection and not the plaintiff’s prematurity. Plaintiff
has been diagnosed with permanent brain damage and requires 24 hour care.
Plaintiff’s medical bills to date exceed $1,000,000.00. Defendant
contended that the risk of infection is common in neonates, that the PVL
was caused by the plaintiff’s prematurity of 25.5 weeks and not
the infection and that the plaintiff has a substantially reduced life
B. v. Unnamed Major Research Hospital, 10 L 6609 (2010)
Settlement prior to trial for
Medical Negligence. Plaintiff was a patient at a Major Research Hospital
where she was hospitalized for an outpatient procedure on her airway.
The procedure was uneventful, but later her tracheostomy tube became dislodged
and the nursing staff failed to react in a timely and proper fashion.
As a result, the plaintiff suffered an anoxic event. Plaintiff suffered
serious personal injuries, conscious pain and suffering and her subsequent
death on April 18th, 2010.
D. v. Elite Cartage, et. al., 08 L 8426 (Cook County)(2012)
Settlement prior to trial for $6,850,000.00
Plaintiff sustained significant personal injuries when he was struck as
a pedestrian in a parking lot by a commercial trailer. The trailer had
separated from a tractor driving across the parking lot and struck Mr.
Derlis as he stood faced in the opposite direction placing a package in
the trunk of his car. The trailer’s brakes were significantly out
of adjustment and were fully defective. Plaintiff suffered a L4-L5 fracture/dislocation
which required spinal fusion/instrumentation, left L4-L5 nerve root injury,
partial avulsion of cauda equina on the left side, a left lower pole renal
tear with grade 4 trauma involving collecting system, stent placement
and nephrostomy tube placement.
M v. Undisclosed Municipal Entities, 08 L 4604 (Cook County) (2009)
Settlement prior to trial for
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle traveling eastbound on 127th Street
at or near the intersection of 127th Street and Kedzie in the Village
of Blue Island, Illinois when the defendant officer entered the intersection,
ignored the traffic device which was illuminated red for northbound traffic,
failed to yield the right-of-way for the plaintiff's vehicle and violently
collided into the passenger side of the plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff
alleged that the defendant was willful and wanton in deciding to initiate
and continue the pursuit. Plaintiff suffered multiple injuries including
blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, pulmonary contusions, fractured
ribs, fractured pelvis, nerve damage, ruptured spleen, fractured thumb
and disfigurement. Plaintiff was hospitalized for over 30 days and underwent
multiple surgeries due to her injuries.