The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment to Rutherford County, Tennessee, and its sheriff, determining a store owner had presented evidence to support his civil conspiracy claims after he was wrongfully arrested, his business was raided, and his CBD products seized.

In a decision that clarified the scope of the Sixth Circuit’s civil conspiracy doctrine, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined store owner James Swain Rieves had presented evidence to support a claim of § 1983 civil conspiracy, after law enforcement agencies and officers raided his store, as well as 22 others that sold CBD products.

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