3rd Circ. Clarifies Cat's Paw Ruling In Cop Firing Case

Law360, New York (August 17, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit held Wednesday that under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the cat's paw theory of liability, an internal disciplinary hearing did not sever the causal connection between a supervisor's retaliatory animus and the Philadelphia Police Department's firing of an officer.

The city of Philadelphia appealed a Pennsylvania district court's denial of a bid for judgment as a matter of law on former police officer Raymond Carnation's wrongful termination claim after a jury found that three police officers, including Carnation, had been unlawfully...
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