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Eklund v. City of Seattle Mun. Ct., No. 09-35652

By FindLaw Staff on November 24, 2010 11:02 PM

Wrongful Termination Action by Court Employee

In Eklund v. City of Seattle Mun. Ct., No. 09-35652, an action alleging wrongful termination of plaintiff's employment by a municipal court and denial of due process of law in his termination, the court reversed the denial of qualified immunity where a reasonable person in defendant-judge's position would not have believed that he was constitutionally required to recuse himself.

  • As the court wrote:  "Bruce E. Eklund (Eklund) brought this suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Seattle Municipal Court (the Municipal Court), the chief judge of the court, Fred Bonner (Bonner), and others. Eklund alleged wrongful termination of his employment by the Municipal Court and denial of due process of law in his termination. A jury returned a verdict for the defendants on the wrongful termination claim and for Eklund on the due process claim. Bonner and Eklund each appeal."

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