Brief Fact Summary. Plaintiff Michael A. Haddle appealed a District Court’s dismissal of his suit for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Appeals from FRCP 12(b) (6) motions are not reviewable where binding precedent renders the complaint without legal recourse.
Issue. Whether Plaintiff’s arguments on appeal were foreclosed by the 11th Circuit Court’s earlier decision in Morast v. Lance, 807 F.2d 926 (11th Cir. 1987).
Held. Yes. The Court issued a per curiam opinion affirming the decision of the district court.
Discussion. The Court concluded that because Plaintiff himself admitted in his pleadings that he was an at-will employee, that the binding case law holding at-will employees are not entitled to any Constitutional protections, prevented the Court’s consideration of whether the 12(b) (6) standard had been properly applied.