Scharf Banks Marmor Wins Third Appeal in Favor of Cook County Sheriff

On March 26, 2019 the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a putative $15 million class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County, ruling that the de facto officer doctrine barred a correctional officer’s class-action challenge to disciplinary decisions of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board rendered between 2011 and 2015. Acevedo v. Dart, et al., 2019 IL App (1st) 181128.    The Acevedo decision is the Firm’s third recent appellate victory in cases where the Sheriff sought to enforce Merit Board decisions against Sheriff’s Officers for various forms of misconduct.  The Acevedo decision follows on the heels of favorable outcomes by the Firm in two earlier appeals: Cruz v Dart, 2019 IL App (1st) 170915  and Lopez v. Dart,  2018 IL App (1st) 170733.  The Firm also represented the Sheriff in the Acevedo trial court proceedings, resulting in a complete defense judgment in favor of the Sheriff in May 2018.  The Firm’s attorneys representing the Sheriff are Stephanie A. Scharf Sarah R. Marmor and
George D. Sax.

A copy of the appellate decision is available here.

A copy of the second appellate decision re: Cruz v. Dart is available here.

A copy of the first appellate decision re: Lopez v. Dart is available here.

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