Houston Asks High Court To Consider Cop Retaliation Row

Law360, New York (January 15, 2016, 10:10 PM EST) -- The city of Houston told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Fifth Circuit unfairly extended the high court’s landmark decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital by favoring a Houston police officer who claimed the department retaliated against him because his father sued the department for racial discrimination.

A team led by former solicitor general Paul D. Clement argued in a Jan. 4 petition for writ of certiorari that the panel unreasonably broadened the cat’s paw theory of liability endorsed in Staub by holding the Houston Police Department liable for trusting biased supervisors during an investigation, leading to Christopher Zamora’s suspension....

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