A federal court has dismissed most of the claims in a lawsuit filed by lacrosse players and their families against the city of Durham, the AP reported.
On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected all claims for damages to be paid under federal law by the City of Durham or its employees. Claims under North Carolina that city officials violated players’ constitutional rights and that investigators engaged in malicious prosecution still stand against the city.
"There was good progress made today," Kim Rehberg, Durham assistant city attorney, said. "This is definitely a good decision for the city defendants."
Three Duke lacrosse players were accused of rape by stipper Crystal Mangum in 2006. The case garnered national media attention, but the charges were eventually dropped after the accusations proved false.
The accused players reached a settlement with Duke in 2007.
The Monday ruling also rejected claims by unindicted players against the city. The players never received criminal charges but claim that the investigation justified damages.
An unresolved civil lawsuit stands between unindicted players and the University.
Mangum currently awaits trial for the 2011 stabbing death of her boyfriend.