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6.20.2012

Howd & Ludorf, LLC wins First Amendment case at Court of Appeals

  Howd & Ludorf LLC Partners Thomas R. Gerarde and Katherine E. Rule secured summary judgment for the Town of Windsor in a First Amendment case brought against it by a town Commissioner who was removed from office.  In Fromer v. Town of Windsor, the plaintiff was removed from the Windsor Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission for disruptive behavior.  Plaintiff claimed he had a First Amendment right to speak out on matters of public concern and his disruptive actions during IWWC meetings, thus,  were protected.  U. S. District Judge Janet Hall disagreed and granted summary judgment as to all claims against the Town and its public officials.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit heard Fromerís appeal and rejected all claims, thereby affirming the judgment in favor of the Town and its officials.

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