NSB client Jamal Trulove awarded $10 million in damages, the largest-ever jury verdict against the SFPD

On April 6, 2018, after a month-long trial, a federal jury in Oakland, California awarded $10 million in damages to NSB client Jamal Trulove, who spent six years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. The jury based its damages award on its determination that two San Francisco Police Department detectives had withheld favorable…

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NSB negotiates $12.5 million global settlement with the City and State of New York on behalf of client Clifford Jones

In March 2018, NSB negotiated a $12.5 million global settlement with the City and State of New York on behalf of client Clifford Jones, who spent 29 years incarcerated for a murder/rape he did not commit because of serious investigative misconduct perpetrated by the New York Police Department. Mr. Jones is represented by NSB partners…

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NSB negotiates an unprecedented $14 million settlement against the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri on behalf of the family of NSB client George Allen

In December 2017, NSB negotiated an unprecedented $14 million settlement against the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri on behalf of the family of NSB client George Allen, who passed away in 2016. Mr. Allen was wrongfully convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of a St. Louis court reporter. The settlement…

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New York City settles with NSB client Andre Hatchett in false identification suit

In October 2017, NSB reached a $12.25 million settlement with the City of New York on behalf of client Andre Hatchett, who spent 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for a Brooklyn murder. Mr. Hatchett’s conviction was overturned in 2016 when the Conviction Review Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office reviewed his case and unearthed…

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New Haven settles with NSB client Scott Lewis over crooked cop case

NSB client Scott Lewis won a $9.5 million settlement from the City of New Haven after spending more than 19 years in prison for a brutal double homicide he did not commit. The settlement came early in discovery before NSB had taken a single deposition. Mr. Lewis had been set up by a corrupt cop…

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NSB wins settlement for client Reginald Connor, who spent 16 years wrongfully imprisoned because of NYPD police misconduct

This year NSB client Reginald Connor won a combined 11 million dollar settlement award from the state and City of New York. Mr. Connor spent approximately 16 years incarcerated and another 6.5 years on parole for a 1992 kidnapping he did not commit before he was exonerated in 2015. Mr. Connor’s wrongful conviction was the…

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New York City settles $13 million claim against NYPD for coercing false confession from 15-year-old

The City of New York agreed to a $13 million settlement with NSB client Tiffany Wilson for the loss of her brother, Sharrif Wilson, and for the more than 20 years he spent wrongfully incarcerated for the sickening triple murder and sexual assault of the mother, sister, and cousin of his best friend—crimes that DNA…

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Second Circuit upholds over-$43 million award against Nassau County for police misconduct that framed two innocent men

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a 2014 jury verdict award to John Restivo and Dennis Halstead. Mr. Restivo and Mr. Halstead were wrongly convicted in 1986 and spent nearly 18 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA later proved they did not commit. The decision upholds the jury’s finding that…

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Federal judge sets award for NSB client Freddie Peacock, who was wrongfully imprisoned because of misconduct by Rochester Police Officers.

On August 5, 2016, NSB and cocounsel Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin, LLP procured a 6.2 million dollar award for Freddie Peacock, who served nearly 6 years in prison and an additional 10 years on parole for a crime he did not commit. Decades after his release from prison, Mr. Peacock was finally cleared by DNA…

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Settlement won for the families of Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon, and Phillip Bivens, who spent decades wrongfully imprisoned on account of egregious, racially-motivated misconduct by Mississippi law enforcement

On August 1, 2016, NSB and cocounsel Lathrop & Gage procured a monumental 16.5 million dollar settlement, with an additional 4 million dollars pending the resolution of appeal, for the families of Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon, and Phillip Bivens. Mr. Ruffin, Mr. Dixon and Mr. Bivens collectively served 83 years in prison for crimes…

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Federal judge allows NSB client Debra Milke to proceed with civil rights claims against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Phoenix Police Department supervisor

On July 6, U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver ruled that NSB client Debra Milke had properly alleged three separate theories of widespread systemic misconduct in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, dating long before and long after Ms. Milke’s 1990 wrongful conviction. Overall, Judge Silver has ruled that Ms. Milke has stated viable claims for…

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NSB wins unprecedented settlement for jail suicide against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman

On March 10, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin clients Margaret Goetzee Nagle and John Eric Goetzee won a $1.75 million settlement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman for failing to prevent the 2011 suicide of their brother, United States Coast Guard Commander William Goetzee.  Mr. Goetzee was at the jail awaiting a court date on charges…

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Federal district court judge greenlights NSB client David Ganek’s lawsuit against US Attorney and FBI

On March 10, Judge William H. Pauley III issued a decision allowing NSB client David Ganek to proceed with his lawsuit against the FBI and federal prosecutors for the 2010 raid that shut down his hedge fund, Level Global. In his suit, Ganek asserts that the government fabricated evidence in order to persuade a judge…

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D.C. judge awards compensation to NSB client Santae Tribble, for 25 years of his wrongful imprisonment

On Friday, February 26, D.C. Superior Court Judge John M. Mott issued his post-trial decision awarding Mr. Tribble $13.2 million to compensate him for 25 years of wrongful imprisonment, a “journey of injustice” which “subjected Mr. Tribble to all the horror, degradation, and threats to personal security and privacy inherent in prison life, each heightened by his…

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Los Angeles approves the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in city history to NSB client Kash Delano Register

The City of Los Angeles approved a $16.7 million settlement to compensate NSB client Kash Delano Register for the over 34 years he spent wrongly imprisoned for the 1979 robbery and murder of 79-year-old Jack Sasson. This is believed to be the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in Los Angeles. Mr. Register was 18…

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NSB lawyers awarded highest rates ever in New York for civil rights lawyers

On November 30, in recognition of the NSB’s expertise in wrongful conviction law, Judge Joanna Seybert awarded the firm a total of nearly $5 million in fees and costs for its 8 years of work on civil rights claims made by John Restivo and Dennis Halstead. Mr. Restivo and Mr. Halstead each spent 18 years…

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After jury finds officers lied, District of Columbia settles with NSB Client Donald Gates

A day after a federal jury found that District of Columbia police officers had fabricated evidence and hid exculpatory evidence during Donald Gates’s trial for a 1981 rape and murder, the government settled Mr. Gates’s claims for $16.65 million. Neufeld Scheck & Brustin will formally request an audit of old homicide cases investigated by the…

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Sedrick Courtney wins settlement for fraudulent reporting by Tulsa forensic analyst

In September 2015 NSB client Sedrick Courtney won an $8 million settlement from the City of Tulsa. Mr. Courtney spent over 15 years in prison after a forensic hair analyst falsely claimed a hair from Mr. Courtney bore unusual similarities to a hair from the crime scene. Mr. Courtney proved his innocence and was exonerated…

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NSB attorneys contribute chapter in the fourth edition of Sword & Shield: A Practical Approach to Section 1983 Litigation, published by the American Bar Association

NSB Partner Anna Benvenutti Hoffmann and Associate Alexandra Lampert co-authored Chapter Two, “Procedural Guide to Section 1983 Litigation in Federal Court,” drawing on the firm’s experience litigating civil rights cases to provide guidance to other litigators on all procedural topics involved in federal court litigation, from filing a complaint to litigating motions and appeals. ABA…

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District of Columbia court adds to NSB client Kirk Odom’s record recovery

Months after a D.C. Superior Court Judge awarded NSB client Kirk Odom a total of $9,154,500 for damages he suffered while wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, the Court agreed to reverse its prior ruling and added an additional $500,000 to what already was the largest award in history under the District’s Unjust Imprisonment Act.

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Estate of Shariff Wilson files civil rights case against the NYPD and officers

Shariff Wilson’s wrongful conviction at age 15 of the murder of his friend’s mother, sister and another girl was vacated in February 2014 after he served 22 years in prison when DNA evidence proved his innocence. Less than a year after release, Mr. Wilson succumbed to illness and passed away. On July 15, 2015, Tiffany…

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NSB client Byron Halsey settles wrongful conviction lawsuit

In May 2015, Byron Halsey won a $12.5 million settlement of his 2009 lawsuit against detectives from the City of Plainfield, NJ and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, who used illegal tactics to prosecute and frame him as the murderer of his girlfriend’s children. Mr. Halsey spent nearly 22 years incarcerated in New Jersey jails…

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NSB won 2 of last year’s largest verdicts, according to the National Law Journal’s list of the top 100 verdicts of 2014

The National Law Journal has released its list of the top verdicts of 2014, including two of NSB’s recent trial wins. Jeffrey Deskovic’s $40m verdict against Putnam County Investigator Dan Stephens and Putnam County ranked 51st on the National Law Journal’s list, and John Restivo and Dennis Halstead’s $36m verdict against the Estate of Detective…

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NSB files lawsuit against FBI and SDNY prosecutors based on fabricated allegation in hedge fund search warrant

On Thursday, February 26, NSB filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of David Ganek, former principal owner of Level Global Investors, L.P. The suit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York against several FBI agents and SDNY prosecutors, alleges that the FBI and United States Attorney’s Office fabricated information to…

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