Chalmette, Louisiana — The firm obtained a complete dismissal of former Parish President Craig Taffaro’s civil rights lawsuit against St. Bernard Parish and its employees Friday.
Mr. Taffaro sued St. Bernard Parish Government, Parish President David Peralta, other high level Parish employees, and a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Deputy in federal court last November following the recovery of thousands of pages of missing Parish documents from Mr. Taffaro’s personal storage unit. Mr. Taffaro removed the documents from the Parish’s offices after losing his bid for reelection in 2011.
Mr. Taffaro alleged that the defendants violated his civil rights by searching his storage unit and that they defamed him, caused him emotional distress, and unjustly interfered with his present employment as Director of Hazard Mitigation for the Louisiana Department of Administration under Governor Jindal. He demanded at least $2.75 million in damages.
Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana granted the firm’s motion to dismiss Mr. Taffaro’s lawsuit Friday. The Court noted that Mr. Taffaro failed to allege any facts that, if proven at trial, would show that St. Bernard Parish and its employees violated his rights. In particular, the Court dismissed Mr. Taffaro’s civil rights claims because the defendants located the missing Parish records while executing a valid search warrant issued as part of an investigation into the records’ disappearance.
The full text of the Court’s opinion is available here: Taffaro v. Peralta Dismissal Order.