On January 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied the Defendant’s appeal in Tyler Sanchez v. Joe Ryan Hartley, et al. Benezra & Culver represents Tyler Sanchez, a cognitively disabled man, who was subjected to a malicious prosecution based on information police officers knew was untrue and unreliable. The Court’s decision permits Mr. Sanchez to proceed with his claim that Defendants’ conduct violated his Fourth Amendment right to be free from malicious prosecution. From a legal standpoint, the decision is extremely significant. Prior to this holding, the scope and contours of a Fourth Amendment malicious prosecution claim were highly uncertain. In its Opinion, the Tenth Circuit sided with Mr. Sanchez’ view of the claim, and clarified for all time the expansive scope of this claim.
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Benezra & Culver, P.C. is an A/V rated Colorado law firm recognized in 2006 in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. The firm's practice emphasizes all areas of employment law, litigation and counseling for employees and employers. Among the substantive areas of specialization are the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended ("Title VII"), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"), the Civil Rights Act of 1866 ("Section 1981"), the Civil Rights Act of 1872 ("Section 1983"), the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the False Claims Act ("FCA"), the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OSHA"), the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Act ("WARN"), the Employee Polygraph Act ("EPA") and judicially created wrongful discharge claims. In addition the firm provides representation to state and federal employees before state agencies and before the Merit Systems Protection Board. The firm is a full service litigation firm, including trial and appellate representation. Benezra & Culver also handles criminal cases in federal and state court at the trial and appellate levels.