The Chicago City Council approved a $10 settlement for a man who falsely confessed to the 1986 murders of an elderly couple after two Chicago police detectives working with police commander Jon Burge threatened and punched him, rupturing his eardrum, as he sat handcuffed in a chair in a south side police station.  The confession was thrown out in 2011 and prosecutors dismissed the indictment after determining that they could not go forward without the tainted confession as evidence.  The victim spent 25 years behind bars for the crimes he did not commit.

Lane & Brown, L.L.C. has handled numerous cases involving police brutality.  If you, a family member or a friend have been the victim of police brutality, you may be able to take action.  We can help!  Please contact the attorneys at Lane & Brown, LLC at (312) 332-1400 or visit our website at

Asiana Airlines said on Monday that it would enhance training for pilots seeking to convert to flying new aircraft, part of a series of measures it is undertaking after the fatal crash of an Boeing 777 plane in San Francisco.

Three Chinese teenagers were killed and over 180 people injured when the Asiana flight from Seoul crash-landed at San Francisco’s international airport on July 6.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said although both the pilot and co-pilot were experienced, they had not flown together before.  The pilot in charge of landing was in training on the 777 and the co-pilot was acting as an instructor on his first flight.

“We will bolster our training programme…when a pilot converts to a jet from a different manufacturer,” Asiana said in a presentation to the government, which was shown to reporters.

The new measures will include enhancing training for visual approach and automated flight and conducting flight inspection on airports which are “vulnerable to safety.”

Asiana said it will also seek to improve communications skills among crew members, and introduce a system to manage “fatigue risk.”  Other measures include setting up separate maintenance teams for Boeing and Airbus planes, and enhancing safety management systems.

If you or a loved one have been injured in plane crash, you may be able to take action.  Airplane crashes can result from pilot error, construction or design defects, or other causes of mechanical failure including poor maintenance.  We can help! Please contact the attorneys at Lane Brown, LLC at (312) 332-1400 or visit our website at



On June 16, 2013, the Illinois appellate court for the fourth district held that the City of Springfield may be responsible and liable for ankle injuries sustained by a woman who slipped into a pothole while she was walking around her parked vehicle after placing an item in the passenger seat.  The vehicle was lawfully parked near a curb on a city street.  The court held that the injured woman was an “intended user” of the portion of the street where the injury occurred.  Therefore, the city of Springfield was not immune from liability for allegations that it failed to maintain its streets in a reasonably safe condition.

Lane Brown, LLC has handled numerous cases against cities and other governmental entities for for their failure to maintain premises. We have been very successful in overcoming their various defenses including the immunity they often claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of the unsafe condition of public or private property, you may be able to take action. Please contact the attorneys of Lane Brown, LLC, or call us at 312-332-1400 to speak with us about your options. We can help. To learn more about Lane Brown, please visit our website at


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