Although this case was filed in State court, the defendants removed the case to federal court.
On February 16, 2022, the federal judge issued an order dismissing the federal claims but allowing the State law claims to proceed. While the judge had previously raised concerns as to the proprietary of the defendants’ actions, the court declined to address this issue further after concluding that defendants – as State actors – are immune from claims under the US Constitution.
Although the Court allowed the State law claims to proceed, it declined to retain jurisdiction over those claims. As a result, the litigation will now be returned to State court, where the matter will proceed.