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Case Name Dawson v. City of Dallas PN-TX-0004
Docket / Court 3:11-cv-2698 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Occupy
Case Summary
On October 11, 2011, three protestors associated with Occupy Dallas, a large continuous political protest, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the City of Dallas under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for violations of their First Amendment rights. The ... read more >
On October 11, 2011, three protestors associated with Occupy Dallas, a large continuous political protest, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the City of Dallas under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for violations of their First Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the City of Dallas' requirement that in order to be issued a event permit plaintiffs obtain general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 deprived plaintiffs of their right to expression. Specifically, plaintiffs contended that the city acted intentionally to chill plaintiffs' speech, discredit them by damaging their reputation, and punishing them for exercising their free-speech rights. Plaintiffs sought damages for lost earnings and damage to reputation.

On October 12, 2011, plaintiffs moved for a preliminary and permanent injunction to enjoin the City of Dallas from unreasonably interfering with their rights to free expression in public forums. The Court (Judge Jane J. Boyle) ordered a hearing on the motion.

On October 14, 2011, the parties agreed to stipulations. The stipulation stated, inter alia, that the "Special Events" of the Dallas City Code did not apply to the grounds of the Dallas Convention Center. Accordingly, no permit from the city was necessary for the plaintiffs to continue their protesting activities.

On October 18, 2011, the parties filed an agreed motion to dismiss the case without prejudice. The District Court (Judge Jane J. Boyle) entered the order on the same day.

Richard Jolly - 05/17/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Dallas, Texas
Plaintiff Description Three protestors associated with Occupy Dallas challenging the City of Dallas' requirement that they carry "Special Event" insurance in order to hold lawfully their protest.
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:11-cv-2698 (N.D. Tex.) 10/19/2011
PN-TX-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs' Original Complaint 10/12/2011
PN-TX-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction 10/12/2011
PN-TX-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulations 10/13/2011
PN-TX-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Plaintiffs' Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction] 10/14/2011 (N.D. Tex.)
PN-TX-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Motion for Dismissal Without Prejudice 10/18/2011
PN-TX-0004-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice 10/19/2011 (N.D. Tex.)
PN-TX-0004-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boyle, Jane J. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
PN-TX-0004-0004 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chandler, Corinna Pia (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0001 | PN-TX-0004-0002 | PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Ray, David P. (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0001 | PN-TX-0004-0002 | PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Winocour, Jonathan F. (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0001 | PN-TX-0004-0002 | PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bowers, Christopher David (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-9000
Caso, Christopher John (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Haskel, Peter B. (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Perkins, Thomas P. (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005
Pinson, James B. (Texas)
PN-TX-0004-0003 | PN-TX-0004-0005 | PN-TX-0004-0006 | PN-TX-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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