On January 3, 2017, the firm filed a civil rights action against the proprietors of a Salt Lake City service station for depriving an African-American male of his right to equal accommodation. The action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, pursuant to title 42 U.S.C. § 2000a of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits public accommodations from discriminating on the basis of race.
Among other things, the complaint filed in the action alleges that the service station’s employee, wielding a hammer and an attack dog, viciously assaulted the Afro-American plaintiff in a racist attack. The complaint requests an injunction to permanently bar the proprietors from denying the plaintiff of his right of equal accommodation and seeks an award of attorney’s fees. Under state law causes of action, the complaint also seeks compensatory damages of not less than $300,000 and punitive damages of not less than $300,000.
Separately, in the same court, the firm is prosecuting a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against law enforcement officers and municipalities who are alleged to have deprived the female plaintiff of her rights to be free of unlawful arrest and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures of her home. Oral arguments in that case are set for early February 2017.