Barrella v. Village of Freeport

February 16, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Employment & Labor

Ken Novikoff, on behalf of the former Mayor of the Village of Freeport, successfully argued in Barrella v. Village of Freeport before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that the jury’s verdict in favor of Plaintiff after a month-long race discrimination trial and five days of deliberation should be vacated. The Second Circuit, addressing the many complicated issues that Mr. Novikoff tried before the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, including whether Hispanic is a “race” for purposes of Title VII and Section 1981, agreed that the District Court erred in admitting evidence that was irrelevant and prejudicial to Defendants and ordered a new trial.

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