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Case Name Robb v. Hungerbeeler FA-MO-0002
Docket / Court 4:01-CV-1133 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Case Summary
On July 19, 2001, a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan ("KKK") filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The KKK, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory ... read more >
On July 19, 2001, a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan ("KKK") filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The KKK, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the Defendant's denial of its application to the Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program abridged its First Amendment right of freedom of association.

On September 10, 2003, the Court (Judge Catherine D. Perry) ordered summary judgment for the KKK, and enjoined the State from denying the its application to the Adopt-A-Highway program. 281 F.Supp.2d 989. The parties then agreed that the Defendant would pay Plaintiff over $40,000 in attorney's fees, plus $953 in costs.

On June 3, 2004, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold) affirmed the District Court's decision, noting that denying the KKK from admittance into the Adopt-A-Highway program solely because of its history violated the Plaintiff's rights of freedom of association and expression. 370 F.3d 735. The Appeals Court awarded the KKK additional attorney's fees and costs, to cover the appeal.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari on January 10, 2005. Rahn v. Robb, 543 U.S. 1054 (2005).

Joshua Arocho - 06/14/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Defendant-type
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
Plaintiff Description A Missouri Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
4:01−cv−01133 (E.D. Mo.) 03/14/2005
FA-MO-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 09/10/2003 (281 F.Supp.2d 989) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaratory Judgment 09/10/2003 (281 F.Supp.2d 989) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation Regarding Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs 10/27/2003 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 11/17/2003 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment and Opinion 06/03/2004 (370 F.3d 735)
FA-MO-0002-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Petition for Rehearing and for Rehearing En Banc 07/30/2004
FA-MO-0002-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 08/12/2004
FA-MO-0002-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/09/2004 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/14/2005 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0002-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arnold, Morris Sheppard (W.D. Ark., Eighth Circuit)
FA-MO-0002-0005
Perry, Catherine D. (E.D. Mo.) [Magistrate]
FA-MO-0002-0001 | FA-MO-0002-0002 | FA-MO-0002-0004 | FA-MO-0002-0008 | FA-MO-0002-0009 | FA-MO-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Herman, Robert (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-0003 | FA-MO-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Grady, Keith J. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-9000
Hessel, John M. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-0003 | FA-MO-0002-9000
Lambrecht, Paula R. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-9000
Morgan, Philip E. Jr. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-9000
Spaulding, Milton C. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0002-9000
Sperino, Sandra F. (Missouri)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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