PATRICK FLANAGAN (Charlotte) and BRAD KLINE (Charlotte) obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of a municipality, its police chief and a police officer in the Western District of North Carolina Federal Court. Plaintiff was a former police officer who alleged libel and a deprivation of his liberty interest under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The complaint arose out of the officer’s separation from employment with the municipality’s police department and information contained in the personnel file. The case was dismissed with prejudice after the defense successfully argued that the informa­tion contained in Plaintiff’s personnel file was true and had not been published to an outside third party.

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