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1.13.2012

Howd & Ludorf, LLC wins Summary Judgment in Federal Suit over Removal of Public Official

Howd & Ludorf, LLC Partner Katherine E. Rule successfully defended the Town of
Windsor in a federal civil rights suit brought in United States District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut over the removal of a public official from office.  The Town voted to remove Inland Wetlands Commissioner Richart Fromer for disruptive conduct during meetings.  Fromer claimed a First Amendment right to address applicants, members of the public and fellow commissioners in whatever manner he saw fit, but  the town believed this impaired the ability of the IWWC to function as a public  body.  The Town removed Fromer, and Fromer filed a civil rights suit, alleging violation of his First Amendment rights. Attorney Rule argued that Formerís First Amendment rights were not unlimited, and he had no right to be so vocal that the IWWC was prevented from executing its investigative and deliberative functions.   U.S. District Judge Janet Hall was convinced, and entered summary judgment in favor of the Town of Windsor.  The case is now on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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