Swanson v. City of Chetak

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Equal Protection
Case Number: 
No. 10-1658
Decision Date: 
June 19, 2013
Federal District: 
W.D. Wisc.
Reversed and remanded
Dist. Ct. erred in granting defendants-City and Mayor’s motion for summary judgment in instant class-of-one action alleging that Mayor denied plaintiff-Mayor’s next-door neighbor’s equal protection rights by subjecting plaintiff to verbal harassment and seeking to improperly block other city officials from issuing building permits to allow plaintiff to improve his property. Dist. Ct. improperly believed that plaintiff’s failure to produce evidence of similarly-situated individual, who received more favorable treatment, was fatal to plaintiff’s case, where, as here, record contained clear showing of animosity on part of Mayor that had no rational basis.