Sussman & Associates is a civil rights firm located in Goshen, NY. Michael Sussman has been fighting for social and individual justice for more than 35 years. He is well known as one of the top trial lawyers in the region. Christopher Watkins, Of Counsel, is an experienced and well-regarded trial attorney and litigator who has consistently obtained outstanding results for his clients. With a team of knowledgeable and hard-working staff, Heather M. Abissi, Esq., Mary Jo Whateley, Esq., Jonathan Goldman, Esq., and Geri Prescott, we comprise the law firm of Sussman & Watkins, dedicated to preserving civil rights and fighting for justice.
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Sussman & Associates
1 Railroad Avenue, 3rd Floor
PO Box 1005
Goshen, New York 10924
V : 845-294-3991
F : 845-294-1623

E-mail: info_sussman1@frontier.com

Ellenville Office:
159 Canal Street,
Ellenville, NY 12428

Port Jervis Office:
11 Fowler Street,
Port Jervis, NY 12771

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Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that allows public officers, sued for constitutional violations, to escape from liability by showing either that the right they are accused of violating was NOT CLEARLY ESTABLISHED when they acted or that reasonable officers in the same position would not recognize that their action/s constitute a constitutional violation.

In many cases involving lawsuits against public officials, whether police officers, teachers, etc., defendants use this doctrine to avoid legal responsibility for conduct which, once reviewed, is deemed unconstitutional though it had not been so defined when they acted. We litigate many cases where this defense is used by public officials.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

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CHRISTOPHER A. HUGHES,

Plaintiff-Appellee,

-v-

TOWN OF BETHLEHEM, LOUIS CORSI, Police Chief,
sued in his individual capacity,

Defendants-Appellants.

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13-1616-cv

 


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