Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Deposit Of Nominal Damages Does Not Moot Student's Claim In Remand From Supreme Court

In March in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a college student's suit for nominal damages was not mooted when the school changed its challenged policies.  The case involves a challenge to Georgia Gwinnett College's speech policies that led to a student being stopped from distributing religious literature and proselytizing on campus. (See prior posting.) Now on remand, defendants sought to obtain dismissal of the case by depositing nominal damages of $2 with the court and having it paid over to plaintiffs. In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, (ND GA, Dec. 22, 2012), a Georgia federal district court held that this would not moot the case.  ADF issued a press release announcing the district court's decision.