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Pourghoraishi v. Flying J, Inc., 05-1107

Dismissal of 42 U.S.C. 1981 and 1983 claims in a case involving alleged racial discrimination during an arrest is affirmed where the defendants in the 1981 claim could not know that the plaintiff belonged to a protected category, but reversed where there was a material question of whether the arresting officer had probable cause to arrest the plaintiff.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/20/2006
  • Published 04/20/2006


  • ROVNER, Circuit Judge., Before FLAUM, Chief Judge, and EASTERBROOK and ROVNER, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Ivan E. Bodensteiner (argued), Valparaiso, IN, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Edward G. Bielski (argued), Stewart & Irwin, Andrew P. Wirick (argued), Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons, Indianapolis, IN, Michael J. Rappa, Johnson & Rappa, Merrillville, IN, for Defendants-Appellees.
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