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March 2012

Judgment As A Matter Of Law in a Federal Case

Obtained judgment as a matter of law on behalf of a local airport and related municipal entities in a federal case where an airport tenant alleged various violations of his rights under the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as state law claims arising out of his treatment by airport board and local government officials during the course of his tenancy.  The plaintiff claimed local officials had discriminated against him and had destroyed his property without due process.  The Court found the plaintiff had not exhausted his administrative remedies under the Federal Aviation Act, and his state law claims under the Act were preempted by federal law.  The Court further held several of the plaintiff’s claims were barred by the applicable statute of limitations or Mississippi Tort Claims Act, and he had failed to set forth sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment on all remaining allegations.