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Friday, April 13, 2007

Lerxst Lawsuit Goes Away

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson's lawsuit against the Collier County, Florida deputies who arrested him in on New Year's Eve 2003 has been dismissed by a federal judge. Lifeson claimed that deputies violated his civil rights by using excessive force to subdue him and his son during a skirmish at a party at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. But U-S District Judge Paul Magnuson wrote in a ruling that the deputies' actions "were objectively reasonable." The judge also ruled that the Ritz hotel and a security employee weren't negligent in the case. Lifeson's lawyer plans to appeal.