Paynter Law/Greenberg Law File Massive Civil Rights Lawsuit
Massive Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Egregious Constitutional Violations by Certain Federal and State Law Enforcement Officials Working for U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.
October 4, 2018
On the eve of Wrongful Conviction Day, entrepreneur Reddy Vijay Annappareddy filed what is believed to be one of the largest civil rights lawsuits in U.S. history against certain agents and prosecutors with decades of experience working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for District of Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Annappareddy’s lead attorneys on the case, which is captioned Annappareddy v. Lating et al., No. 1:18-cv-03012 (D. Md. filed Oct. 1, 2018), are Josh Greenberg of The Josh Greenberg Law Firm and Stuart Paynter, Jennifer Murray, and Sara Willingham of The Paynter Law Firm.
Mr. Annappareddy built a fast-growing chain of pharmacies out of nothing through hard work, devotion, and a business model that provided services to high-risk patients that benefitted their health. The suit alleges that certain named and unnamed federal and Maryland agents destroyed Mr. Annappareddy’s career and ruined his life by raiding the business while executing bogus search warrants that they obtained illegally. If Mr. Annappareddy’s business still existed, it would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Following Mr. Annappareddy’s wrongful conviction, D.C. white-collar criminal defense attorney Josh Greenberg began representing him. Mr. Greenberg uncovered a pattern of egregious government misconduct. The suit alleges that emails, text messages, and other documents – which were illegally hidden for several years – show that certain agents used evidence they knew a cooperating witness had fabricated and themselves deliberately fabricated evidence and that at some point, the two lead prosecutors realized what the agents had done.
According to the complaint, instead of doing the right thing, the two prosecutors – each of whom has decades of experience – tried to cover it all up. The prosecutors allegedly launched a secret campaign of concealment that included intentionally destroying documents that would have proven Mr. Annappareddy’s innocence. A secret memo revealed that in the middle of the case, the prosecutors ordered three of the agents to shred three critical boxes of documents without making copies. Mr. Annappareddy also alleges that the prosecutors and certain agents hid internal documents showing that key calculations – the most significant evidence in the case – were recklessly or intentionally fabricated. The Court found that the prosecutors’ and agents’ conduct “shock[s] the conscience” and ultimately dismissed all of the false charges against Mr. Annappareddy with prejudice.
One of Mr. Annappareddy’s attorneys, Stuart M. Paynter, said that in addition to seeking financial compensation for Mr. Annappareddy and punitive damages, the lawsuit “seeks full disclosure of how this miscarriage of justice happened and full accountability for everyone who was involved, including any failure to properly discipline the named Defendants and others that discovery brings to light.”
Disclaimer: The statements in this release are intended to summarize the allegations of the complaint, which is publicly available, and neither this release nor the complaint’s allegations represent a finding of wrongdoing or liability.
About The Paynter Law Firm:
The Paynter Law Firm represents individuals and small businesses in high stakes complex litigation, including civil rights, consumer protection, antitrust and personal injury litigation. More information about the law firm can be found at www.paynterlaw.com. Since inception in 2007, the Paynter Law Firm has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements, including most recently a $383.5 million verdict in a jury trial in Colorado.
About The Josh Greenberg Law Firm:
The Josh Greenberg Law Firm focuses on white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation across the nation. Much of the law firm’s recent work has involved representing health care providers and others in the health care industry. More information about The Josh Greenberg Law Firm can be found at joshgreenberglawfirm.com.