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  • Eleventh Circuit upholds district court's denial of qualified immunity to prison warden who allegedly ordered hospital staff to disconnect life support of critically ill inmate
    Eleventh Circuit upholds district court's denial of qualified immunity to prison warden who allegedly ordered hospital staff to disconnect life support of critically ill inmate

    On October 2, 2018, in Estate of Marquette F. Cummings Jr. v. Davenport, No. 17-13999, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling denying an Alabama prison warden’s motion ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules that school resource officers were entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights case
    Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules that school resource officers were entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights case

    On September 24, 2018, in JW v. Birmingham Board of Education , No. 15-14669, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a judgment against six school resource officers (SROs) who were sued in a ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that police offers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims of false arrest and use of excessive force in traffic stop civil rights case
    Eleventh Circuit rules that police offers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims of false arrest and use of excessive force in traffic stop civil rights case

    On June 4, 2018, in Manners v. Cannella , No. 17-10088, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling granting summary judgment to the defendant police officers in a civil ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms trial court ruling that deputy was not entitled to qualified immunity from lawsuit alleging wrongful seizure of accident bystander's cell phone
    Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms trial court ruling that deputy was not entitled to qualified immunity from lawsuit alleging wrongful seizure of accident bystander's cell phone

    On April 2, 2018, in Crocker v. Beatty , No. 2L16-cv-14162, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling that a deputy sheriff was not entitled to qualified immunity in a ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit reverses district court, finds that arresting officers were entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights case for arresting protester wearing Guy Fawkes mask
    Eleventh Circuit reverses district court, finds that arresting officers were entitled to qualified immunity in civil rights case for arresting protester wearing Guy Fawkes mask

    On March 13, 2018, in Gates v. Khokar , No. 16-15118, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s denial of the defendant police officers’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s 42 ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit reverses $23 million civil rights/excessive force verdict and remands for new trial because of trial court's erroneous jury instruction regarding qualified immunity defense
    Eleventh Circuit reverses $23 million civil rights/excessive force verdict and remands for new trial because of trial court's erroneous jury instruction regarding qualified immunity defense

    On January 10, 2018, in Simmons v. Stephens , No. 16-10876, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a $23 million jury verdict for the plaintiff in an excessive force civil rights lawsuit ...

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