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Minneapolis Star Tribune Reports on Maslon's Successful Settlement of Client's Lawsuit Against City of Bloomington and Authorities

May 29, 2013

A May 28, 2013, Star Tribune article reports on the successful settlement by Maslon attorneys Bill Pentelovitch and Julian Zebot of a federal lawsuit filed in 2011 on behalf of client Isaac Ward against the city of Bloomington and several of its police officers. The lawsuit alleged that, following a dispute over his off-leash dog, Ward was targeted by a city of Bloomington animal control officer because of his race, which, in turn, resulted in Ward being beaten and injured by several police officers, even though, as he steadfastly contended, he did not resist arrest or otherwise provoke the officers. Ward received $150,000 from the City to settle the lawsuit.

"We are pleased to have been able to accomplish a small measure of justice for our client," notes Bill, "but no lawsuit can ever cure the permanent physical disability he suffered in the brutal beating by Bloomington's police officers."

In addition to Bill and Julian, Maslon Attorney Casey Beckett also assisted with Maslon's representation of Ward, including the litigation team's largely successful effort at defeating the City's motion for summary judgment.

Maslon treated this matter as a pro bono matter and waived its right to recoup a portion of the firm’s attorneys’ fees from the settlement amount. After reimbursement of the firm’s costs and expenses, the remaining amount went to the client.

To read the full article in the Star Tribune, go to: Man gets $150,000 after fight with police following dispute over off-leash dog in Bloomington.

Bill Pentelovitch, a trial lawyer and Fellow of the International Academy of Trial lawyers, has practiced exclusively in the area of business-related disputes for 39 years and is considered both a leading authority and a leading trial lawyer in Minnesota in the area of ownership and governance disputes in corporations, partnerships of all kinds, and limited liability companies. In addition to his substantial practice in the areas of business ownership and governance and non-competes, trade secrets, and unfair competition, Bill handles breach of contract, fraud, antitrust, securities, banking, and intellectual property trials.

Julian Zebot is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group and has experience litigating and resolving disputes involving closely held corporations, fiduciary duties, trusts, probate, business torts, class actions, and other complex commercial litigation, including litigation involving banks and other financial service businesses. He has represented both individuals and businesses in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration proceedings, and has had first-chair trial experience.

Casey Beckett is a member of Maslon's Litigation Group, serving clients in complex commercial disputes. He represents clients ranging from small business owners to large corporations throughout all stages of litigation. Casey has experience defending clients against antitrust, RICO, tortious interference, and other types of business-tort claims, including class-action lawsuits. Casey has represented clients in state and federal court, as well as federal appellate courts.



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