Levine & Gilbert win $455K for Retired Fire Fighter Injured During Wrongful Arrest

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Law firm Levine & Gilbert recently won a $455K settlement in Manhattan Supreme Court for a retired fire fighter who suffered injuries during an unlawful arrest by the New York Police Department.

“It is unfortunate that NYPD’s great work and reputation gets besmirched by a few overzealous individuals who can’t comport their conduct with the law and NYPD’s high standards.”-Attorney Richard Gilbert

Law firm Levine & Gilbert recently won a $455K settlement in Manhattan Supreme Court for a retired fire fighter who suffered injuries during an unlawful arrest by the New York Police Department. (New York Supreme Court index number 0150583/2011 LINHART, ROBERT vs. CITY OF NEW YORK)

On September 18, 2010, Robert Linhart was arrested across the street from the apartment of the performer known as Madonna. Mr. Linhart was carrying a sign proposing marriage to the singer when four NYPD police officers descended, assaulted, and wrongfully arrested him.

Lori Lefkowitz, associate at law firm Levine & Gilbert and attorney for Mr. Linhart said, “He got a permit and was doing everything within his rights and the law.”

After deliberating for just one hour, the three-man-three-woman jury found the police used excessive force when detaining Mr. Linhart.

Following the verdict, Attorney Richard Gilbert said, “The jury’s award of damages provides Mr. Linhart with a fair measure of recompense for the physical punishment and injuries inflicted upon him by NYPD personnel before he was afforded the due process of law that led to his acquittal”

As a result of the accident the client sustained injuries including a torn rotator cuff, a torn meniscus, and a sprained knee.

Attorney Richard Gilbert added, “It is unfortunate that NYPD’s great work and reputation gets besmirched by a few overzealous individuals who can’t comport their conduct with the law and NYPD’s high standards.”
Summary of case can be found here: LINHART, ROBERT vs. CITY OF NEW YORK
About Levine & Gilbert

For 30 years Levine & Gilbert have successfully and passionately litigated numerous million-dollar settlements for clients and their families in areas including Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Construction/Labor Law, and Motor Vehicle accidents. Based in Manhattan, NY the team can be reached at 212-645-1990 or by email at rgilbert(at)levineandgilbert(dot)com.

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