High Court Reverses Pa. Cop’s Retaliation Suit Win

Law360, New York (June 20, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT) -- The First Amendment's petition clause does not protect public workers against employer retaliation when they petition the government over private concerns, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, striking down a win for a police chief who sued a Pennsylvania borough.

Joined by six other justices, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion vacating a Third Circuit win for police chief Charles Guarnieri in his case against the northeastern Pennsylvania borough of Duryea and remanding the case. Justice Clarence Thomas filed a concurring opinion, while Justice Antonin...
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