3rd Circ. Quashes Race Bias Suit V. Philadelphia

Law360, New York (January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 does not allow a private right of action against state government defendants, affirming the dismissal of a race discrimination case against the city of Philadelphia and rejecting the argument that 1991 amendments to the law supersede a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down its opinion Wednesday, upholding a Pennsylvania judge's decision to grant Philadelphia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Patrick McGovern, a white...
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