August 9, 2016
The firm represented two young youth workers in a federal False Arrest case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. We argued that our clients’ constitutional rights were violated when they were placed under arrest at the juvenile detention center where they worked. Specifically, the case rested on our contention that the arresting officers violated our clients’ constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Matthew Shroyer, an associate in our New York Office was lead counsel on the matter. Due to his talented and aggressive lawyering both in motion practice and at trial Matt obtained a six figure settlement for our clients.
The question of probable cause and qualified immunity was an important issue during the summary judgment phase of the case. Critical evidence involved a surveillance video of the arrest which did not include sound. Our successful defense of the summary judgment motion led to a trial and ultimately to a very favorable settlement for our clients.