Greetings, Court fans!
We're back with decisions two and three of OT14 (did you already forget about Lopez v. Smith?) as well as last week's news of cert petitions granted and likely to be granted.
On Monday, IMLA filed its brief in Schultz v. Wescom, a petition stage Supreme Court case, which involves a question of whether a municipality/police officer may immediately appeal a decision by a district court to defer the...more
The Gallaghers sued TUSD and a TUSD school employee, Michael Corum, alleging that Corum sexually abused and/or exploited their developmentally challenged daughter at a TUSD school. The Gallaghers claimed that TUSD was...more
In an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit considered the defendants’ appeal from the denial of their motion for summary judgment based on qualified immunity. Cooper v. Lippa No. 13-2055 (4th Cir. April 4, 2014). The Court...more
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a district court’s summary judgment rejecting a police chief’s attempt to escape First Amendment retaliation liability based on a qualified immunity...more
Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court recently reversed a Ninth Circuit decision denying qualified immunity to a California police officer in hot pursuit of a suspected misdemeanant. The suspect had entered an enclosed front yard...more
A university professor’s “broad proposals to change the direction and focus” of the university’s School of Communications were matters of public concern protected by the First Amendment. Despite the professor’s public...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more
As I learn more and more about the social work field as my (new) wife continues on her path to becoming a social worker, I realize that social workers often see life at its lowest points. Never was that more true than in this...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently refused to suppress evidence of child pornography found on the iPod of an alleged child molester during a search of his home. The court explained that the outcome was controlled by its...more
A.D., et al. v. California Highway Patrol, et al. -
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (April 3, 2013) -
The concept of qualified immunity involves shielding a police officer from a lawsuit where the...more
The federal court of appeals recently rejected certain public officials’ attempt to avoid liability by claiming qualified immunity. In that case, the parents and children of a shooting victim sued a county and individual...more
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