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  • Eleventh Circuit finds defendant law enforcement officer’s interlocutory appeal of trial court’s denial of summary judgment motion in civil rights case on grounds of qualified immunity was premature because appeal considered only factual issue

    On September 17, 2020, in Hall v. Flournoy, No. 18-13436, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that an interlocutory appeal...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacates district court dismissal of Georgia inmate’s civil rights complaint for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, remands for development of fuller record regarding inmate’s claim that he was misled by prison officials

    On September 10, 2020, in Geter v. Akunwanne, et al., No. 18,14824, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the judgment of the district court which...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses district court’s summary judgment for defendant police officer in excessive force case involving Alabama man killed by officer during arrest for refusal to produce driver’s license

    On September 3, 2020, in Cantu v. City of Dothan, Alabama, et al., No. 18-15071, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a U.S. district court...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Florida inmates suffering from Hepatitis C are not constitutionally entitled to "state of the art" medical treatment

    On August 31, 2020, in Hoffer v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections, No. 19-11921, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction that had been entered ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that leaving a pretrial detainee alone in an un-air-conditioned Sheriff’s van for almost an hour in 85 degree heat was unconstitutional excessive force, but affirms partial dismissal of plaintiff’s civil rights claims because right not to be subjected to such treatment wasn’t clearly established at time of incident

    On August 11, 2020, in Patel v. Lanier County Georgia, et al, No. 19-11253, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed two constitutional questions in a civil rights case ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Georgia prison officer was entitled to summary judgment on inmate’s claim that officer violated his Eighth Amendment rights

    On July 24, 2020, in Mosley v. Zachery, No. 17-14631, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment in favor of the state prison officer defendant ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit affirms district court's denial of a qualified immunity for police officers in malicious prosecution civil rights case, finds that "any crime" rule does not apply to malicious prosecution cases

    On July 13, 2020, in Williams v. Aguirre, No. 19-11941, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of the defendants’ summary judgment motion in a malicious prosecution civil rights case ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that Georgia jail employees are not civilly liable for pretrial detainee’s murder by fellow inmate

    On June 22, 2020, in Grochowski v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 18-14567, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court summary judgment ...

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  • In § 1983 civil rights case involving plaintiff who was shot by third party while allegedly being forced to assist law enforcement under threat, Eleventh Circuit rules that alleged threats did not rise to the level of constitutional violations

    In King v. Pridmore, No. 18-14245, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, affirmed a summary judgment entered by the district court for the defendant law enforcement officers ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses district court’s summary judgment for defendant Seminole County in case alleging unlawful detention

    On April 15, 2020, in Barnett v. MacArthur, et al, No. 18-12238, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s summary judgment for defendant ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that plaintiff’s case for false imprisonment by Sheriff’s officer was not barred by fact that underlying trespassing charge was dropped at time of his guilty plea to unrelated offenses

    On December 30, 2019, in Henley v. Payne, No. 18-13101, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the district court’s dismissal of a plaintiff’s false imprisonment claim filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that deputy sheriff violated plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights by entering his home without a warrant to arrest him

    On October 16, 2019, in Bailey v. Swindell, No. 18-13572, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court ruling ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit rules that probation officer was entitled to qualified immunity but not quasi-judicial immunity as defendant in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit

    On September 25, 2019, in Washington v. Rivera, No. 17-13811, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a state probation officer was entitled to qualified immunity in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claimed that the probation officer falsely arrested him for a violation of probation ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit affirms summary judgment for defendants in case brought by Alabama prison inmate against prison employees, rules that inmate’s “generalized risk” of attack in cell block did not constitute substantial risk of serious harm to which the defendants were deliberately indifferent

    On August 29, 2019, in Marbury v, Warden, et al, No. 17-12589, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Alabama U.S. district court’s summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit finds police officers were entitled to qualified immunity in lawsuit brought by plaintiff claiming excessive force was used in his arrest for murder

    On June 14, 2019, in Hinson v. Bias , et al. No. 16-14112, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order denying the defendant police officers’ motion for summary judgment on ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms denial of defendant correctional officer’s motion to dismiss on grounds of qualified immunity in excessive force lawsuit

    On May 9, 2019, in Piazza v. Hunter, et al ., No. 18-10487, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of the defendant correctional officer’s motion to dismiss on ...

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  • Florida Fourth DCA rules that trial court erred in dismissing complaint of plaintiff who claimed he was falsely arrested on voided arrest warrant

    On April 24, 2019, in Florez v. Broward Sherriff’s Office , No. 4D18-1189, the Florida Fourth DCA reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s lawsuit in which the plaintiff ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses summary judgment for defendant correctional officers in excessive force lawsuit filed by Florida inmate

    On April 24, 2019, in Sears v. Roberts, et al. , No. 15-15080, the Eleventh Circuit of Appeals reversed a district court’s summary judgment in favor of the defendant state correctional officers in a ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses district court’s dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit on grounds of qualified immunity, finds that whether prison guards were deliberately indifferent to inmate’s medical emergency must be determined b

    On Aril 3, 2019, in Taylor v. Hughes et al , No. 17-14772, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Middle District of Alabama district court decision which had dismissed a 28 U.S.C. Section ...

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