Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Haddle v. Garrison
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Healthmaster (D) was the employer. It was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1995 with two of its officers, Garrison (D) and Kelly (D). one of the employees, Haddle (P), had given information during the trial and was to be a witness at the criminal trial to take place as a result. However, he claimed, Garrison (D) and Kelly (D) conspired with other Healthmaster (D) officers to fire Haddle (P) in revenge. Haddle filed a case in the district court on the ground of violation of Section 1985 of the Civil Rights Act. The officers named (D) in the case and Healthmaster (D) sought to have the case dismissed because it did not state a claim as the basis for relief to be granted. The district court gave as its decision that Haddle suffered no actual injury as visualized in Section 1985, since he was an at-will employee. The case was thus dismissed in accordance with the motion sought by the company and officers. This was later affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But since the affirming decision differed materially from those in two other circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari or a writ for the lower court records for the purpose of judicial review.
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