Sutliffe v. Epping Sch. Dist., No. 08-2587 - Civil Rights Law - U.S. First Circuit
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Sutliffe v. Epping Sch. Dist., No. 08-2587

In plaintiffs' section 1983 suit against various town and school officials alleging that defendants advocated for approval of budgets and spending through various channels of communication media while denying plaintiffs access to the same communication channels, the district court's judgment is affirmed where: 1) district court correctly concluded that the three added plaintiffs in the amended complaint lacked standing as they could not show any actual or imminent injury; 2) district court did not err in dismissing plaintiffs' claims besides those pertaining to the town website and the 2006 annual report on res judicata grounds based on the earlier state court action; and 3) district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants on plaintiffs' town website free speech claim is affirmed but on the ground that the claim fails because the town defendants' actions in setting up and controlling a town website and choosing not to allow certain hyperlinks constituted government speech. 

Read Sutliffe v. Epping Sch. Dist., No. 08-2587

Appellate Information

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire

Decided September 17, 2009

Judges

Before: Lynch, Chief Judge,  Torruella, and Ebel, Circuit Judges.   

Opinion by Lynch, Chief Judge 

Counsel

For Appellant: Benjamin T. King and Charles G. Douglas, III, Douglas, Leonard & Garvey PC

For Appellee:  John T. Alexander, Daniel J. Mullen and Ransmeier & Spellman, PC were on brief for Town appellees.

Diane M. Gorrow, Soule, Leslie, Kidder, Sayward & Loughman, P.L.L.C. was on brief for school appellees.