Justices Extend Suit Immunity To Private Workers Hired By Gov't

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT) -- Temporary government workers sued under federal civil rights law can seek qualified immunity, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, reversing a Ninth Circuit decision that denied immunity to a private employment attorney hired by a California city for an internal-affairs probe of a firefighter.

That attorney, Steve Filarsky of Filarsky & Watt LLP, who focuses on public-sector labor relations, told Law360 Tuesday that he was thrilled with the Supreme Court's ruling, which he called "simple" and "to the point.”

The case turned on 42 U.S.C. Section...
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