Civil Rights Litigation

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm engages in civil rights litigation with emphasis on economic, property, environmental, and First Amendment rights and issues. We are dedicated to protecting persons of any color or background whose civil rights may have been violated, but with equal vigor we will defend persons or companies that believe that they have been falsely accused.

In 2016, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation asked Carmen to serve as co-chair of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee, a significant honor and pro bono commitment.

We pursue claims under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 for the denial of free speech or other protected rights and related retaliation claims.

In franchising, Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm is a leader in seeking to protect the rights of minority franchisees using the federal civil rights law (42 U.S.C. Section 1981) to challenge discriminatory treatment in existing franchise relationships or denial of a franchising opportunity. LEARN MORE

Earlier in his career Carmen and his partners successfully defended a construction management firm in terminating a sub-contractor and refuting the sub-contractor’s claim that, as a minority-owned enterprise, it was terminated on account of race.

Carmen also successfully defended the owners of a suburban apartment complex sued by a law school civil rights clinic for allegedly discriminating against a minority tenant by allowing the police to place her under surveillance due to her relationship with an alleged member of a Chicago Street Gang. The case settled quickly after Carmen deposed the complaining plaintiff.

Following that success, Carmen was asked by his former adversary (and agreed) to serve as a panel attorney for the Metropolitan Leadership Council for Open Communities, a premier fair housing organization. He obtained relief for minority housing applicants and a business permit for Hispanic bakery proprietors seeking to open shop in a segregated suburb, refuting the suburb’s attempt to use off-street parking requirements to deny the bakery a permit.

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