On June 25, 2015, the Rensselaer County Supreme Court dismissed numerous claims against the City of Pittsfield and several of its police officers based on Robinson Donovan’s motion to dismiss. The New York-based plaintiff alleged that his rights were violated during the course of a complex investigation into the alleged distribution of drugs in Berkshire County that was conducted by members of the City of Pittsfield’s police department, the Massachusetts State Police, the New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies. The investigation involved the use of multiple wire taps and aerial surveillance and culminated in an extensive search of plaintiff’s home and its grounds. Robinson Donovan argued, and the Court agreed, that the plaintiff’s complaint could not support claims brought under the United States, Massachusetts, and New York constitutions, and the Massachusetts and New York wiretap statutes and that the plaintiff had not properly served his complaint.
David S. Lawless > Robinson Donovan, P.C., Obtains Dismissal of Civil Rights Claims Brought Against the City Of Pittsfield and its Police Officers in New York State Court