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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association official claims retaliation

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 26, 2019

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SCRANTON – A Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Inc. (PIAA) official alleges he was retaliated against by fellow officials for running as an opposition candidate in the PIAA election. 

James Elliot filed a complaint Oct. 11 in the Court of Common Pleas for Lackawanna County against the PIAA, Frank Majikes, William Schoen and Luke Modrovsky alleging violation of the First and 14th amendments, the Pennsylvania Constitution and violation of the PIAA Constitution and policies and procedures. 

Elliott, who has been a PIAA registered sports official since 1998, claims he was retaliated against by other PIAA officials after he and his brother David ran as opposition candidates against Schoen for the District 2 Official Representative position. The retaliation allegedly included not being assigned to officiate at state and championship games and being turned down for the District 2 Basketball Interpreter position in 2017.

Elliott seeks monetary relief of more than $50,000, injunctive relief, interest, a trial by jury and all other just relief. He is representing himself.  

The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Nov. 8.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 3:19-CV-01934

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