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New False Arrest case in the Fifth Circuit

On March 11, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in Ulrich v. City of Shreveport, et al., involving a claim for false arrest. The facts of the case A detective in the Shreveport Police Department swore out an affidavit stating that Ulrich had committed battery. After investigation, [..]

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The sham affidavit rule

On February 18, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down its decision in Winzer v. Kaufman County, et al. One of the issues the Court addressed is the sham affidavit rule. How are affidavits used in federal court? Affidavits can be used in any number of circumstances. They are [..]

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Hostile workplace environment in the government

On February 14, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down its revised opinion in Johnson v. Halstead. The case involved a claim by Johnson, a black male, that he had been subjected to a hostile work environment based on his race. Specifically, Johnson was a sergeant with the Fort [..]

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Sexual harassment in the workplace by third parties

We previously wrote about the law of sexual harassment here. Not surprisingly, most claims of sexual harassment are directed against an employee’s supervisor or co-worker. Title VII’s prohibition on sexual harassment, however, is not limited to misconduct by a supervisor or coworker. A claim can also arise when a third party, such as an independent [..]

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Transgender individuals and workplace discrimination

A new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit touches upon, but does not decide, whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender individuals. We have written here before about the federal law known as Title VII that prohibits discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”  When originally [..]

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New verdict in a civil rights lawsuit!

On January 14-16, 2019, S. Craig Panter teamed up with attorney Ronald E. Stutzman, Jr., to try a civil rights lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The Honorable Carlton Reeves presided. Mr. Panter and Mr. Stutzman represented Donna Sturkin in the suit against Vicky Patrick. Donna Sturkin contended [..]

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Denied Social Security?

Denied Social Security Benefits? If you were denied a disability claim (SSDI); don’t give up. There is an appeal process. Hire an attorney to discuss your case. This matter is time sensitive in determining your onset date of disability. You worked for years with the understanding that you have insurance; it is not called social [..]

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Need a clean record?

Need a clean record? You can expunge the record of certain convictions, and most arrests, by petitioning the court who had original jurisdiction. State laws define whether or not you can qualify. For example, in Mississippi, you can expunge the convictions of felony bad check, simple possession of a controlled substance, felony false pretense, grand [..]

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