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Bivens v. Trent, 08-2256

In plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action against his Illinois state police supervisors claiming that they retaliated against him because he complained about conditions at a firing range, summary judgment in favor of the defendants is affirmed, but based on a different reason that plaintiff's internal grievance was on a matter of purely private interest, addressing only the effect of lead contamination on himself and his work environment, and thus did not raise a matter of public concern and is not protected by the First Amendment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/06/2010
  • Published 01/06/2010


  • MANION, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, MANION, and EVANS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • John A. Baker, Attorney, Baker, Baker & Krajewski, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Paul Berks, Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.