Federal Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s First Amendment Claim


Mark Thomas v. Town of Salisbury, 277 F. Supp. 3d 161 (D. Mass. 2017)

Adam Simms successfully represented the Town of Salisbury and its Town Manager in a civil rights lawsuit filed against the Town by a former police officer, Mark Thomas, alleging numerous violations of his constitutional and state law rights. The majority of Thomas’ claims were dismissed in October 2017. His final federal law claim was dismissed on January 3, 2018, when United States Magistrate Judge Judy Dein granted the defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment.

See Federal Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s First Amendment Claim for a summary of the case and the October 2017 decision.

At the request of all parties, the federal court retained jurisdiction of the defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment regarding the plaintiff’s state law claims, including civil conspiracy, violation of the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional interference with contractual relations, and interference with advantageous business relations. Judge Dein then issued a supplemental decision dismissing all the plaintiff’s state law claims.

Read the full January 2018 decision.

The case is currently on appeal.