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Jacobs v. Cumberland Co.

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court's denial of summary judgment in a case where corrections officers "gratuitously beat" a pretrial detainee. Jacobs got into a fight with another inmate at Cumberland County Jail. Several minutes after the fight, a group of corrections officers forcibly removed Jacobs from the dorm.…

Jacobs v. Cumberland Co.
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s denial of summary judgment in a case where corrections officers “gratuitously beat” a pretrial detainee. Jacobs got into a fight with another inmate at Cumberland County Jail. Several minutes after the fight, a group of corrections officers forcibly removed Jacobs from the dorm. Jacobs sued, and the officers… Continue reading Jacobs v. Cumberland Co.

Kengerski v. Harper
3rd Circuit

Kengerski, a Captain at the Allegheny County Jail, made a written complaint to the jail Warden alleging that a colleague had called his biracial grand-niece a “monkey” and then sent him a series of text messages with racially offensive comments about his coworkers. Seven months later, Kengerski was fired. He contended the County fired him… Continue reading Kengerski v. Harper

Peroza-Benitez v. Smith
3rd Circuit

In Peroza-Benitez v. Smith, Plaintiff sued members of the City of Reading Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of his rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the  U.S. Constitution. Plaintiff also asserted battery claims under Pennsylvania common law. Defendants moved for summary judgment on the grounds of qualified immunity,… Continue reading Peroza-Benitez v. Smith

Cruz. v. Camden Co. Police Dep’t
New Jersey Appellate Division

Cruz was arrested and indicted for murder.  After spending two years in jail, a jury acquitted him. Thereafter, he filed a civil action alleging that the lead detective misled the grand jury and thereby violated his civil rights. In Cruz v. Camden Co. Police Dep’t, the trial court granted the Department’s motion for summary judgment… Continue reading Cruz. v. Camden Co. Police Dep’t

Williams v. City of York
3rd Circuit

In Williams v. City of York, the 3rd Circuit ruled that three police officers were entitled to qualified immunity for claims of false arrest and excessive force.

AmeriCare Emergency Med. Serv. v. Orange Twp.
New Jersey Appellate Division

After inspecting AmeriCare’s fleet of emergency medical vehicles, the State’s Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) suspended the plaintiff’s license to operate. Before exhausting administrative remedies, AmeriCare filed an order to show cause for injunctive relief under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, N.J.S.A. 10:6-1 to -2 (CRA). The trial court granted… Continue reading AmeriCare Emergency Med. Serv. v. Orange Twp.