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BETTY LOU'S WILD RIDE VIA THE CREATIVE APPLICATION OF SECTION 1983

Update from Michael Cernovich on today's published opinion in Dossett v. First State Bank: "The judge remanded the case for a re-trial because the jury instruction was erroneous.  Victory!"

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Once upon a time, Betty Lou Dossett worked at a bank. She was an at-will employee, or, in other words, could be fired at any time.

Then, one day, she was fired -- but not for something she did on the job. Instead, the bank fired Ms. Dossett for making public comments at a school board meeting that the school board president didn't like. Fire her, the board prez told her boss, or I'll take the school's business to another bank!

But wait, there's more -- read Michael Cernovich's post, "Poor Betty Lou,"  to find out how Dossett's attorney effectively sued the bank under section 1983, won her a $1.56 million jury settlement and then ended up in appeals court anyhow.

Posted by Laurel Newby on February 28, 2005 at 01:49 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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