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Rhodes v. R+L Carriers

Rhodes v. R+L Carriers

Public Justice was co-counsel in this successful appeal from a district court’s decision dismissing employment discrimination claims under Ashcroft v. Iqbal.

The plaintiff, Gene Rhodes, alleged that he was retaliated against for objecting to illegal discrimination and that he was discriminated against on the basis of his age. The district court dismissed Mr. Rhodes’s claims for failure to state a “plausible” claim (as Iqbal requires), and Public Justice argued on appeal that Mr. Rhodes’s complaint was sufficient under the Iqbal standard and should not have been dismissed.

The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of Mr. Rhodes and reversed the district court’s dismissal.

Public Justice Staff Attorney Claire Prestel and Senior Attorney Paul Bland worked with Jon Allison and Randy Freking of Freking & Betz, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio. Former Brayton-Thornton Attorney Melanie Hirsch also worked on this case.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Employment Lawyers Association and AARP filed amici briefs supporting Mr. Rhodes.

Public Justice’s Iqbal Project was started in 2009 to stop defendants from improperly citing the decision as a way to get plaintiffs’ claims thrown out of court.

  • Claire Prestel
  • Jon Allison and Randy Freking of Freking & Betz, LLC in Cincinnati

  • Won
  • Closed

Case Documents

  • Appellate decision



  • Appellant's Reply Brief

    Appellant's Reply Brief arguing that the federal Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 does not preempt Maryland state law regulating mortgage brokers, and that therefore a broker that charged a homeowner 59% of the increased value of her refinancing loan in fees must be held accountable for violating state law. Maryland Court of Appeals

    Docket: 148
  • Appellant's Opening Brief

    Appellants' Opening Brief challenging a contract term banning class actions embedded in a cable company's arbitration clause, in a case where consumers of broadband internet service allege breach of contract and consumer protection claims Kentucky Court of Appeals

    Docket: 06-CI-04267