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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Immunity For Private Attorney Retained By Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) When a private attorney is temporarily retained by the government to work with or under government employees, that attorney is entitled to the same qualified immunity that government employees receive, the attorney representing Steve A. Filarsky told the U.S. Supreme...

Split U.S. High Court Grants Officers Immunity In Defective Warrant Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Police officers who executed a search warrant that was later found to be defective are nonetheless entitled to qualified immunity in a lawsuit filed by the individuals who were the subject of the search, a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 22 ( Curt Messerschmidt,...

Unanimous High Court: Private Attorney Hired By Government Entitled To Immunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A private attorney who is temporarily retained by the government to carry out the government's work may seek qualified immunity from a lawsuit under 42 U.S. Code Section 1983, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 17 ( Steve A. Filarsky v. Nicholas B. Delia...

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Secret Service Immune From 1st Amendment Claim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 4 that a Colorado man may not pursue his First Amendment claim against two Secret Service agents because they are entitled to qualified immunity ( Virgil D. "Gus" Reichle, Jr., et al. v. Steven Howards , No. 11-262, U.S. Sup...

U.S. Supreme Court: Employee Speech Before Grand Jury Is Protected

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) An employee’s testimony before a federal grand jury was protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because he spoke as a citizen on a matter of public concern, not pursuant to his job responsibilities, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled...