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Civil Rights Cases, Decisions & Settlements

Brett Klein is a renowned civil rights lawyer and expert, frequently tapped for interviews by major news outlets. He achieves headline-worthy results for his clients.

Sample results:

  • $1.5M settlement for the estate of a Staten Island man who was not under arrest, but was subjected to excessive force and died, when NYPD officers held him in a face down position for 30 minutes.
  • Favorable jury verdict for a woman violently arrested on NY parkway. Full story.
  • $625,000 settlement for a client who was kicked in the eye and falsely arrested, resulting in an orbital fracture and unjustly spending a day in police custody.
  • $325,000 for a client who was subjected to excessive force when police officers pushed their knees in his back and slammed his face to the ground.
  • $975,000 settlement for a client who lost an eye after being kicked by an NYPD sergeant.
  • $800,000 settlement for a client who was falsely arrested and struck in the face with a metal baton, which caused a broken jaw and a traumatic brain injury.
  • $150,000 jury verdict for a client who was detained for 45 minutes and issued a baseless summons for disorderly conduct. Jury findings were based on loss of liberty and emotional distress. Full Story.
  • $300,000 verdict by a judge in federal court for emotional distress for a woman who was detained for 15 minutes by armed agents while her home was searched, based on mistaken information.
  • $40,000 jury verdict against the City of Yonkers and a number of police offers in federal court in White Plains for a man who was punched in the eye by a police officer.
  • $240,000 settlement for a Staten Island man who was kicked in the eye by an NYPD officer. He suffered a ruptured globe.
  • $300,000 settlement for a man who suffered a broken elbow after police pulled his legs out from under him while he was handcuffed.
  • $280,000 settlement for a man who was falsely arrested and suffered a broken nose when an officer hit him in the face with handcuffs.
  • $285,000 settlement  for a mother and son who were falsely arrested for unlawful eviction of a tenant and were detained for 15 hours each before the Staten Island DA declined to prosecute.
  • $400,000 settlement for a paraplegic inmate who suffered an inferior pubic ramus fracture during transport from court to Rikers Island because he was improperly secured inside a DOC transport van.
  • $225,000 settlement for “deliberate indifference” to a prisoner with mental health problems. DOC repeatedly ignored his medial condition, resulting in multiple suicide attempts.
  • $200,000 settlement for a high school administrator who was kicked in the eye by a NYPD officer on Staten Island, causing an orbital fracture.
  • $150,000 settlement for a 14 year-old from Staten Island who was forced by police officers to remove his clothes and left alone in a desolate area. Full Story
  • $150,000 settlement for two women who were inappropriately photographed by a NYPD detective. Full Story
  • $30,000 settlement for two men who were unlawfully strip-searched in public and falsely arrested by the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a choke hold.