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Ahrenholz v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
219 F.3d 674 (2000)


Ahrenholz (plaintiff) sued the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Board) (defendant) in federal district court, alleging that the school’s termination of his employment was retaliation for his exercise of free speech protected by the First Amendment. The Board moved for summary judgment, which the court denied upon concluding that Ahrenholz had established a prima facie case against the Board. The Board sought to appeal the denial of summary judgment on an interlocutory basis. The district court certified to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that an interlocutory appeal was warranted under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b), noting in particular that the case would immediately end if the Board were granted summary judgment. The Board petitioned the Seventh Circuit to hear its appeal.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Posner, C.J.)

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