Sixth Circuit Court


Hopson Vs. Daimler Chrysler 306 Fed. 3rd 427 (6th Cir. 202), Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The Michigan Supreme Court and the Sixth Circut Court of Appeals.  Plantiff employee sued defendant employer, asserting a disparate treatment claim under Title VII, 42 U.S.C.S. 2000e et seq., and state law based upon the allegation that he was denied promotions because of his race.  The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit granted the employer's summary judgment motion.  The employee appealed.

Knickerbocker Vs. Ovako-Ajax, Inc., Ajax Associated Companies, Inc, Retirement Income Plan for non-union Employees, and Jonathan Lucas, Plan Administrator, Defendants-Appellees. Plaintiff employee appealed a judgement of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, which granted summary judgement in favor of the defendant employer in plaintiff's suit to recover certain pension and health benefits.  The district court also declined to exercise it's discretion to impose penalties against defendant administrator pursuant to the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, 29, U.S.C.S. 1132(c)(1)(B).

Upton Vs. City of Royal Oak, Jim Ellison; Tom Hoover; Mary Jo Dipaolo; C.Brian James; Ben Upton appeals the district court's grant of summary judgement to Defendant City of Royal Oak, his former employer, and the individual defendant's, City Officials he alleges participated in terminating his employment as a firefighter/paramedic. Upton alleged that defendants terminated him in retaliation for his speech and activities in support of a ballot proposal that called for a minimum ratio of firefighters to Royal Oak's population (the manning initiative), deprived him of due process both pre and post his termination and participated in a civil conspiracy.

Fredericks Vs. Edward Glomb, Mark Debeau, Lynda Racey and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Authority ;   CIV. NO. 13-13679
Plaintiff Richard Fredericks was fired from his job as a police officer with Defendant, the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airpport Authority ("the Airport") and has brought his lawsuit against the Airport and several of his supervisors under Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 1983, for deprivation of civil rights.

Liogghio Decision and Order, Carol Liogghio vs Salem Township and Gary Whittaker, July 3, 2018;    In 1998 Carol Liogghio was hired as a receptionist for Defendant, She became an Administrative Assistant reporting to the Township Surpervisor in 2001. In 2012 Plantiff ran for Township Clerk on a Republican slate with then-Township Supervisor Robert Heyl. After the primary election and before Defendant Whittaker took office, Heyl went to the home of newly elected Supervisor Whittaker. At that meeting Whittaker requested that Heyl "let Carol Liogghio go before he took office"...