Negron-Almeda v. Santiago, No. 08-2360 - U.S. First Circuit
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Negron-Almeda v. Santiago, No. 08-2360

In a case brought by dismissed employees of a government agency in Puerto Rico claiming political discrimination, district court's order of reinstatement against defendant-intervenor is affirmed where: 1) it was proper for the district court to revisit the earlier order where, under the law of the case doctrine, courts may reopen a matter previously decided on a showing of exceptional circumstances such as the serious injustice to the plaintiffs in this case; 2) the reinstatement order was proper as defendants could be substituted for the original party under Rule 25(c) and they are not protected by sovereign immunity. 

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Appellate Information

Appeal from the United State District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Decided August 26, 2009

Judges

Before Boudin and Lipez, Circuit Judges, and Signal, District Judge. 
Opinion by Lipez, Circuit Judge.

Counsel

For Appellant:  Eyck O. Lugo-Rivera, Martinez Odell & Calabria.

For Appellee: Claudio Aliff-Ortiz, Eliezer A. Aldarondo-López, Aldarondo & López Bras, PSC.