Wednesday, June 23, 2004

4th circuit reversed summary judgment for retailer in section 1981 case brought by consumers

In Williams v. Staples, Inc., the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge Shedd, joined by Judge Michael with Judge Widener concurring, reversed the entry of summary judgment by Judge Wilson of the W.D. Va. in a case brought under 42 U.S.C. 1981 by an African-American who claimed that he was discriminated against on account of his race when a Staples store in Winchester refused to take his personal check.

The AP has this report on the opinion.

In this post, Howard Bashman juxtaposed Judge Shedd's opinion against an op-ed written by Professor Chemerinsky, who claimed that Judge Shedd was no good on civil rights issues.

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