Public Official Liability & Constitutional

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LitigationPublic Official Liability & Constitutional Litigations

Elliott Greenleaf has won some of the largest jury verdicts in the region, and have also won total defense jury verdicts in several high profile civil rights cases. We prosecute and defend federal Civil Rights Act litigation, involving public official liability, employment, disability, discrimination, eminent domain, due process and constitutional issues affecting businesses, individuals and government.

As defense counsel, we recently won a complete defense jury verdict in a multi-million dollar federal race discrimination action for a major county government and its elected officials where the plaintiff sought multi-million dollar damages and reinstatement. As plaintiff’s counsel, the firm recently won the largest single plaintiff age discrimination verdict in the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We won a federal court injunction against Inside Edition’s tabloid journalists’ stalking and invasions of privacy. This was the first injunction against media tortfeasors since Jacqueline Kennedy’s against the paparazzi in the 1970′s Galalla case.

We have successfully defended our trial victories on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals. For example, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld our complete dismissal on summary judgment for a bi-state governmental agency in a $120 million civil rights lawsuit alleging a constitutional tort under §1983.

The firm won a motion to dismiss a major telecommunications company from a §1983 action; won summary judgment for county officials accused of violating federal civil rights laws; after discovery, the withdrawal of employment bias charges against a Fortune Fifty corporation; winning a jury verdict and successfully defending governmental officials against compensatory and punitive damages in §1983 civil rights litigation brought by a disgruntled developer; a United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s First Amendment victory for a public agency against a disgruntled executive employee that established the currently articulated legal standard for policy making or policy implementing employees; and the largest judgment in the history of the Commonwealth Court’s original jurisdiction, $46 million, for educationally handicapped children.