The district court denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment, holding that material issues of fact (whether the plaintiffs had been retaliated against) required a trial to resolve.
Rather than take the case to trial, the defendants chose to settle the cause in August 2000, by paying the plaintiffs a total of $50,000. Garcia and Tirado each received $15,000 and Caldwell received $20,000. After the pro se plaintiffs withstood the defendants' summary judgment motion and the case was set for trial, the court appointed the Washington D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin to represent them pro bono.
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