Brief of the Week: Private fight or public fisticuffs?

, The National Law Journal


While fistfights sometimes spark criminal charges or tort actions, they rarely lead to civil-rights lawsuits. That is what happened in Mangone v. Wong, where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit awarded $370,000 in damages and fees to a man who got hurt in a racially charged fight. New York-based attorney Bernard Kleinman is asking the Supreme Court to find that the anti-discrimination legislation in question does not cover disputes between private actors in a "wholly private context."

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