High Court To Weigh Immunity For US Outside Counsel

Law360, New York (September 27, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up the question of whether or not private lawyers hired by governments are entitled to the same immunity afforded to government workers.

Petitioner Steve Filarsky said in his February petition for a writ of certiorari there is an unresolved split amongst the appeals courts. The Sixth Circuit ruled in Cullinan v. Abramson in 1997 that a law firm hired by the city of Louisville, Ky., was entitled to qualified immunity, while in Filarsky's own case, the Ninth...
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