Verdict Against Auburn University in Economics Professor's First Amendment Retaliation Lawsuit

Eugene Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Magazine

Excerpt: In Stern v. Roberts, a jury just held that Auburn University had retaliated against Prof. Michael Stern, a tenured economics professor, based on his speech; the jury awarded $145K in compensatory damages and $500K in punitive damages.

The court had allowed the case to go forward based on Stern's claim that his removal as chair and his getting unusually low or no annual raises or bonuses stemmed from his constitutionally protected speech.