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Couch v. Bd. of Trustees of Mem. Hosp. of Carbon County, No. 08-8001

By FindLaw Staff on November 17, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action alleging that defendant-hospital board deprived plaintiff-physician of his First Amendment right of free speech through a campaign of retaliation against him for speaking out about substance abuse at the hospital, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where neither the hospital's investigation of plaintiff nor its warning letter to him constituted an adverse employment action for First Amendment purposes.

Read Couch v. Bd. of Trustees of Mem. Hosp. of Carbon County, No. 08-8001

Appellate Information

Filed November 17, 2009


Opinion by Judge Ebel


For Appellant:

Elizabeth A. Phelan, Gregory R. Piché and Mark B. Wiletsky, Holland & Hart LLP, Boulder, CO

For Appellees:

Janet Schroer, Monty Barnett, John Lebsack and James M. Meseck, White and Steele, P.C., Denver, CO

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