Private Lawyer Advising Cities Has Immunity from Suit

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On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a private attorney retained by the government to carry out its work is entitled to seek qualified immunity from suit under Section 1983.  (Section 1983 provides a cause of action against state actors who violate an individual’s rights under federal law.  See 42 U.S.C. § 1983).  The full opinion, Filarsky …

Texas Cities Have Additional Clarification on Takings Cases

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On January 27, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court withdrew its prior opinion and issued a new opinion in City of Dallas v. Stewart, 2012 WL 247966, ––– S.W.3d –––– (Tex. 2012).  In its prior decision on July 1, 2011, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the jury’s award of $ 75,000 in a case where Stewart argued that the city improperly …