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US Supreme Court Holds Police Officer Shooting was Lawful

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The US Supreme Court issued an Opinion April 2, 2018 (Kisela v. Hughes) that a Tucson Police officer was justified in shooting a woman who was holding a knife near her roommate after the woman was reported exhibiting...more

United States Supreme Court Reverses the Ninth Circuit’s Denial of Qualified Immunity

This week, the United States Supreme Court once again reversed the Ninth Circuit’s refusal to apply qualified immunity. The Supreme Court ruled that qualified immunity protected an officer who shot a non-compliant,...more

Supreme Court: Police Had "Qualified Immunity" in Shooting Woman With Knife

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Tucson police officer who shot a woman four times could not be sued for violating the woman’s Constitutional rights. The case is a significant win for government officials. It’s a...more

The Supreme Court - April 2, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued two decisions today: Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, No. 16-1362: The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires that employers pay covered employees overtime compensation,...more

Voluntary FOIA Exemptions: Aurora Police Lawsuit Provides a Cautionary Tale

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer for the city of Aurora, Ill., released "largely unredacted" documents in response to an incarcerated felon's request for information about the police officers who worked the...more

District of Columbia v. Wesby

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit holding that: (1) officers had probable cause to make arrests for unlawful entry and (2) even if the officers...more

The Supreme Court - January 23, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued three decisions yesterday: National Assn. of Mfrs. v. Department of Defense, No. 16-299: In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers...more

Defamation Claims Against Gemological Institute Doomed: Qualified Privilege Shield Is Stronger Than A Diamond

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs,” said Malcom Forbes. An industry that generates over $13 billion annually, diamonds are considered one of the world’s major natural resources. ...more

The Rollback of Immunity for Healthcare Institutions under Mahmoodian

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals could significantly increase the potential for litigation arising from adverse privileging decisions by healthcare institutions in the state. Under the Court’s...more

Federal Agent’s Misrepresentation in LG Search Warrant Affidavit Insufficient to Clear Qualified Immunity Hurdle

In Ganek v. Leibowitz, No. 16-1463 (2d Cir. Oct. 17, 2017) (Raggi, Chin, Carney), the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s determination that federal law enforcement authorities were not entitled to...more

Woodward v. City of Tucson

Another great win the 9th Circuit on Friday, September 15, 2017, involving the use of deadly force and a right to privacy claim. The case involved the death of an individual who the police confronted in a “vacant”...more

Third Time’s the Charm – or Not

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit maintained its prior decision, holding that defendants violated the First Amendment when refusing to approve use of university trademarks on t-shirts incorporating a marijuana...more

US Supreme Court Holds That Qualified Immunity Bars 4th Amendment Claim in Deadly Police Force Case

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The United States Supreme Court recently held that an officer’s use of deadly force by shooting an armed individual before issuing a verbal warning did not violate a clearly established Fourth Amendment right, and therefore,...more

The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Denies Teacher Qualified Immunity Under The “State-Created Danger” Theory Where The Teacher...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

L.R. v. School Dist. of Philadelphia et. al. No. 14-4640 (3rd. Cir. Sept. 6, 2016). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denying...more

Be Reasonable: Qualified Immunity, After-Discovered Facts, and the Case of Hernandez v. Mesa

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In some form or fashion, law students learn that the words “reasonable man” denote a person exercising those qualities of attention, knowledge, intelligence and judgment which society requires of its members for the...more

Esquivel v. City of Yuma

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorneys Michele Molinario and Amelia Esber prevailed by summary judgment in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights action against the City of Yuma and one of its law enforcement officers. This case...more

Former Hedge Fund Manager’s Civil Rights Suit Against New York U.S. Attorney Permitted to Proceed into Discovery

Shortly into his tenure as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara announced a crackdown on insider trading, indicating that it would be his office’s “top criminal priority” and that...more

Lawsuits Continue Against Central Virginia Regional Jail

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Two federal lawsuits are proceeding against the Central Virginia Regional Jail for civil rights violations of inmates. One case is brought by the mother of an inmate who died in CVRJ custody allegedly due to lack of medical...more

Limitations and Notice Requirements for Tort Claims Against Government Entities

by Cozen O'Connor on

Alabama - Source of Government Immunity - - Claims against State: Ala. Const. art. I, §14. ..State is immune from tort actions. ..Bars (1) claims against the State, (2) claims against a State agency, (3)...more

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...more

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision touches on a crucial issue in public agency tort defense - A crucial issue in public agency tort defense was recently clarified by the California Supreme Court in Hampton v. County of San Diego. While a public...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Might Foreshadow Expansion of the Qualified Immunity Defense in Excessive Force Cases

by Wilson Elser on

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases, often highlighted by cell phone or dash-cam video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments, which continue to...more

Qualified Immunity and Deadly Car Chases: Is the Pendulum Heading the Other Way?

by Wilson Elser on

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases against law enforcement officers, often highlighted by cell phone video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments,...more

Questions Remain About Social Media Privacy Rights During Workplace Investigations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employees’ social media activities often play a key role in workplace investigations. For example, an employee may complain that a coworker sent a harassing Facebook message or posted something offensive on Twitter...more

Police Shooting of Unarmed Suspect Who Threatened with Fake Gun Deemed Reasonable

by Sands Anderson PC on

Police Officers are often faced with unimaginable circumstances that most of society runs away from. However, police officers took the oath to protect and serve, and to run towards that danger. Sometimes, running towards...more

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