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Lowery v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ., No. 07-6324

By FindLaw Staff on November 12, 2009 2:34 PM

In a section 1983 suit brought against a county Board of Education  (Board) by the parents of children who were dismissed from a high school football team for challenging their coach's leadership, a jury verdict in favor of defendants is affirmed where: 1) the Board's policy amounts to a content-neutral time, place and manner regulation; 2) the board's policy is not unconstitutionally vague on its face and as applied; 3) plaintiffs' challenges to several of trial court's jury instructions are rejected; but 4) district court's decision to grant $87,216.49 in attorney's fees and expenses to defendants is reversed as plaintiffs' action were not frivolous, unreasonable, or without foundation.     

Read Lowery v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ., No. 07-6324

Appellate Information

Argued: August 6, 2009

Decided and Filed: November 12, 2009


Opinion by Circuit Judge Sutton


For Appellant:  G. Mark Mamantov, Bass Berry & Sims, PLC., Knoxville, Tennessee

For Appellee:  Michael S. Kelley, Kennerly Montgomery & Finley, PC., Knoxville, Tennessee

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