Rob Jackstadt wins summary judgment in First Amendment Retaliation lawsuit for Cahokia School District

Feb 15, 2012

Rob Jackstadt recently  won summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Anderson v. Board of Education of Cahokia School District No. 187. The plaintiff in that lawsuit claimed that he was dismissed from his job in retaliation for certain comments made by his wife that were critical of various employees of the Cahokia School District.   On February 14, 2012, United States District Judge G. Patrick Murphy granted the motion for summary judgment prepared by Rob and Anwar on behalf of the defendants.   Judge Murphy held that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the alleged retaliation was the “but-for” cause of his dismissal.   Judge Murphy further held that there was insufficient evidence to even create an inference that the plaintiff’s dismissal was the result of retaliation by the Cahokia School District.   As a result, the plaintiff’s lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.

Robert Jackstadt is a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. Prior to founding the Firm, Rob was a partner at Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin (now Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP) in its St. Louis office. Rob serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. Rob is a former member of the Edwardsville School Board, a former trustee and planning commission member for the Village of Glen Carbon and is currently the Mayor of the Village of Glen Carbon- a part time position.

Rob practices in the areas of commercial, construction and education litigation. Rob has tried to a conclusion many jury and bench trials in federal and state courts located in Illinois and Missouri. Rob’s trial experience includes litigation involving tax increment financing (“TIF”) districts, equipment leases, condemnation, construction, performance and payment bonds, non-competition agreements, securities and mechanic’s liens. Rob has negotiated many construction contracts, including architect agreements, construction manager agreements, and general contractor agreements.

Tueth Keeney is proud to be one of the state’s largest Illinois education law practices. The firm has one of the most experienced groups of attorneys in Central and Southern Illinois dedicated to serving public schools. We regularly represent nearly 150 public school districts, including many districts in Central and Southern Illinois. Our Firm is also regularly appointed by insurers of educational institutions to represent districts in complex or difficult cases involving school or civil rights laws.

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