Welch v. Nyberg

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

09/06/2005

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Illinois

Disposition: 

Withdrawn

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Blogger Carl Nyberg filed a complaint against local school board president and lawyer Emanuel Welch with the state Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission, claiming that Welch violated conflict of interest rules by voting to hire his brother Bill Welch as a custodian... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Bill Welch; Emanuel Welch

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Carl Nyberg

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Illinois

Location of Party: 

  • Illinois

Legal Counsel: 

Latham & Watkins LLP
Description

Blogger Carl Nyberg filed a complaint against local school board president and lawyer Emanuel Welch with the state Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission, claiming that Welch violated conflict of interest rules by voting to hire his brother Bill Welch as a custodian at Proviso Township high schools without disclosing that he (Emanuel) had represented his brother in a criminal action for drug possession a few years earlier. Nyberg then wrote about his complaint and the drug charge on his blog, Proviso Probe.

In September 2005, the Welch brothers filed a lawsuit for defamation in Illinois state court. They voluntarily dismissed the suit without prejudice in December 2005.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Illinois

Source of Law: 

  • Illinois

Court Name: 

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

2005-L-009752
CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

to-do: further research needed; get court documents