High Court Mulls Immunity For Gov't-Hired Private Attys

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 10:02 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled attorneys Tuesday in an appeal over whether private lawyers working for governments have the same shield against lawsuits that government employees do under qualified immunity.

The case pits petitioner Steve Filarsky, an attorney hired by the city of Rialto, Calif., to assist with internal investigations of city employees, against Nicholas B. Delia, a Rialto firefighter who claims Filarsky's advice led to a violation of his constitutional rights. Filarsky is fighting to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling saying he can be sued...
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