STSW Helps Secure Victory at Fourth Circuit

In a recent opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court's dismissal of claims against STSW client Maura Lating in a published opinion. The case was brought by Reddy Vijay Annappareddy, who accused Ms. Lating, a retired FBI agent, and other federal and state prosecutors and law officers of essentially having conspired against him in a Medicaid fraud investigation and prosecution that was ultimately dismissed by Judge Russell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, after Mr. Annappareddy had been convicted, because of concerns of alleged malfeasance associated with the prosecution. The trial court dismissed Mr. Annappareddy's claims against Ms. Lating, finding them to be an impermissible extension of a Bivens cause of action. The Fourth Circuit agreed with that analysis. STSW partner Jodie Buchman was one of only a handful of lawyers for the many defendants in this matter to argue before the Fourth Circuit.

STSW lawyers have been involved in numerous Bivens actions over the last two decades. To learn more about the Annappareddy/Lating matter; our experience with Bivens actions, or our general experience with complex federal criminal and civil litigation, please contact Andy White (, Jodie Buchman (, Chris Macchiaroli (, or Bill Sinclair ( at (410) 385-2225.