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Neumann Law Group Named Lead Counsel in Cadillac, Michigan Excessive Force Case Against City’s Police Department

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Southfield, Mich. (January 7, 2021) – Attorney Richard F. Cummins, of national law firm Neumann Law Group has been named lead counsel in a Cadillac, Michigan excessive force case brought against the Cadillac police department. A. Vince Colella, noted personal injury and civil rights lawyer and co-founder of Southfield-based Moss & Colella, P.C., has been named trial co-counsel.

The case involves a teenage male who was tackled by two city police officers on March 30, 2020 and suffered a severe hip injury as a result of the force exerted by the officers. Attorney Richard Cummins filed the lawsuit on November 11, 2020 on behalf of the teen by his father, Donald Cubitt, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Civil rights cases in Federal Court are generally filed under Section 1986 of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. Actions against the police for excessive force under Section 1983 may be eligible for several types of damages, against both individual officers, as well as the police force itself and the municipality where the force is located. These damages may include:

  • Actual Damages: These cover quantifiable losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage directly resulting from the excessive force.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-monetary damages to compensate for physical and emotional distress caused by the excessive force incident.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Compensation for the loss of ability to enjoy life’s pleasures due to injuries sustained.
  • Mental Anguish: Damages awarded for the emotional distress and mental suffering caused by the incident.
  • Punitive Damages: These damages aim to punish the defendant, the law enforcement agency or officer, for their willful or reckless conduct, and to deter similar behavior in the future. They are awarded on top of compensatory damages and are contingent upon proving the officer’s conduct was intentional or egregiously reckless.
  • Attorney Fees and Costs: If the plaintiff prevails in the case, they may be entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees and litigation costs incurred during the case. This is to ensure that individuals who have had their civil rights violated have access to legal recourse without being financially burdened by the litigation.

About Moss & Colella

Established in 1997, Moss & Colella represents the victims of personal injury, civil rights violations, discrimination, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. The firm is recognized as a leader in complex tort litigation, including excess and deadly force, jail death, sexual abuse and harassment, auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and other serious injury and wrongful death claims

Colella’s trial experience includes police brutality and misconduct, automobile negligence, premises liability, trucking accidents, insurance disputes, sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and wrongful death. In recent years, he has gained a reputation in particular for his litigation efforts in government liability, recreational accidents, and civil rights cases. He has pursued high profile wrongful death suits against police departments in Dearborn, Detroit, and St. Clair Shores, Michigan in addition to Houston, Texas. To learn more about the firm and its diverse areas of practice, visit www.mosscolella.com.

About Neumann Law Group

Neumann Law Group Named Lead Counsel in Cadillac, Michigan Excessive Force Case Against City’s Police Department. Neumann Law Group is a full-service national law firm with offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston. Neumann Law Group has recovered millions of dollars for its clients and specializes in personal injury, product liability, civil rights, premises liability, discrimination, and a multitude of other matters.

The firm prides itself on its ability to providing adept representation for clients entangled in a wide array of legal battles spanning both state and federal jurisdictions. From advocating in state courts, addressing local disputes, to delving into federal matters encompassing diverse issues such as civil rights and employment claims, the team remains steadfast in strategizing, litigating, and safeguarding the best interests of their clients. Their robust capabilities extend across jurisdictions with a steadfast commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for their clientele. The Neumann Law Group is currently accepting clients in most civil or criminal cases, and can be reached at (800) 525-6386.

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