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Federal Lawsuit Against City of Nashville Dismissed

A federal lawsuit against the city of Nashville, filed by Carl and Justin Johnson, has been dismissed. The lawsuit filed in the Western District of Arkansas had claimed that the Johnson’s building on Main Street was wrongfully torn down, after it was damaged by a fire in August of 2010, under the direction of Nashville Fire Chief Jerry Harwell.

The Court had ruled that Harwell was acting with final policymaking authority for the State and not the city of Nashville when he ordered the demolition. City officials also said that Harwell had acted under the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code.

United States District Judge Susan O. Hickey on November 2nd ruled in favor of the city of Nashville and dismissed the Johnson’s case with prejudice.

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