Troopers Lose Post-Janus Attorney Fee Case

A group of current and former Connecticut state troopers filed suit in 2015 against the Connecticut State Police Union and various state officials alleging that the Union violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by deducting union fees from their pay even after they withdrew from union membership. While the lawsuit was pending, the Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018), in which the Court…

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Pension Benefits Not Offset By Workers’ Comp Attorney Fees

Heather Bass was a Kansas City, Missouri police officer who sustained a duty-related injury in January 2008. Because of the injury, she was retired by the Department and became eligi­ble to receive duty-related disability pension benefits from the City’s Police Retirement System. Bass also filed a worker’s compen­sation claim and hired an attorney to represent her on that claim. She engaged her attorney on a contingency fee basis. As…

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Officer Required To Pay City’s Attorney Fees

Michael Marciano is an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2014 and 2015, Marciano was a patrol officer in the North Hollywood Division. Marciano had problems with his supervisors, his performance, his purported lack of issuing citations, and his desire to be assigned to a partner the Department wished to separate him from based upon various discipline issues. Marciano and his partner eventually filed a complaint against…

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City Required To Pay Attorney Fees Of Union President

Michael Carter is a member of the Shreveport Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board as well as the President of the Shreveport Police Officers Association. On September 14, 2015, Carter served public records requests upon the City. When his requests were not satisfied, he brought a lawsuit against the City and the Shreveport Police Chief and City Attorney. Carter was also a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in…

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Candidate For Police Chief Position Must Pay Town’s Attorney’s Fees

Ricky Fox and Billy Ray Vice were candidates for the position of Chief of Police in the Town of Vinton, Louisiana. The Town elects its police chiefs, and Vice was the incumbent. While the two were campaigning, two events occurred that eventually led to a federal court lawsuit. The first event happened in January 2005, when Vice sent Fox an anonymous letter in which Vice attempted to blackmail Fox…

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