CA5: Frivolous 4A § 1983 case dismissed on MSJ and not appealed results in attorneys fees for defs

Plaintiffs ran a pawnshop that was searched. They were of “the short-lived reality TV program ‘Cajun Pawn Stars.’” They bought, not pawned, some equipment that turned out to have been stolen, and the police came and searched their pawnshop for the stolen property, and state law on pawnshops didn’t apply because it wasn’t a pawn. Their Fourth Amendment § 1983 case had been dismissed as frivolous on summary judgment, and they didn’t appeal. “A review of the record reveals that the DeRamuses’ claims against all Defendant-Appellees were frivolous, unreasonable, or groundless, and therefore the district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding attorney’s fees.” DeRamus v. City of Alexandria, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 341 (5th Cir. Jan. 9, 2017).

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