Qualified Immunity Tag

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:Alexandria-court Second Circuit

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments: SCT stairs[Update: I added the Ninth Circuit's Daubert decision. (7/31)] Second Circuit Carter v. Inc. Vill. of Ocean Beach, No. 13-815 (July 21, 2014): Affirming award of attorney's fees to County defendants in case brought by former police officers alleging wrongful termination and defamation. Cox v. Onondaga Sheriff's Dept., No. 12-1526 (July 23, 2014): Affirming dismissal of complaint alleging Title VII retaliation for racial-harassment claims. Reyes v. New York City Dept. of Ed., No. 13-158 (July 25, 2014): Finding that under IDEA, proposed IEP and school placement failed to provide student with free appropriate public education. Fourth Circuit

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:SCT pillars First Circuit Snyder v. Gaudet, No. 12-1422 (June 25, 2014) (In 42 U.S.C. 1983 action alleging violation of equal protection because city applied zoning restriction differently to Snyder than to prior owner, granting qualified immunity to defendants because right was not clearly established):

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:NinthCircuit First Circuit Fifth Circuit

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:SCT stairs Sixth Circuit
  • Robertson v. Lucas, No. 12-3877 (May 28, 2014) (in case arising out of corrupted drug-trade investigation, affirming award of qualified immunity on malicious prosecution and false arrest claims, and affirming dismissal of Monell claim against Richland County and City of Cleveland).

On Tuesday the Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions granting law enforcement officers qualified immunity.highway stop  These ruling were unsurprising; the lower court errors in both cases were obvious. In Plumhoff v. Rickard the Sixth Circuit did not so much as discuss the qualified immunity standard when denying qualified immunity.  In Wood v. Moss the Ninth Circuit viewed the qualified immunity question at a high level of generality causing dissenting Judge O’Scannlain to (accurately) warn:  “Our court's track record in deciding qualified immunity cases is far from exemplary, and with this decision, I am concerned that our storied losing streak will continue.” But at least Plumhoff v. Rickard contained a surprise.

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:Alexandria-court First Circuit
  • Gericke v. Begin, No. 12-2326 (May 23, 2014) (affirming denial of qualified immunity for police officers on First-Amendment retaliatory prosecution claim where plaintiff was arrested after she attempted to film a traffic stop).
Eighth Circuit
  • Walton v. Dawson, No. 12-4000 (May 20, 2014) (affirming in part and reversing in part denial of qualified immunity in failure-to-train claims against officers arising out of jail-cell attack that occurred after officers did not lock cell doors).

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:NinthCircuit First Circuit Third Circuit
  • Hallsey v. Pheiffer, No. 13-1549 (Apr. 24, 2014) (reversing district court's summary judgment for officers on fabrication, malicious prosecution, and coercion claims, in case arising out of suit brought by individual wrongly imprisoned for 22 years).

Here are last week's published decisions involving local governments:Alexandria-court First Circuit Second Circuit