Los Angeles County v. Humphries
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 5, 2010
|Nov 30, 2010||8-0||Breyer||OT 2010|
Holding: Under the Supreme Court's decision in Monell v. New York City Dep't of Social Services (1978), a plaintiff who sues a local government for civil rights violations under federal law must show that his injury was the result of a policy or custom of the local government to obtain an injunction or a declaratory judgment. (Kagan, J., recused).
Plain English Holding: A person suing a city for violation of her civil rights must show that her rights were violated by a city policy (rather than by the unauthorized conduct of a city employee) to obtain any relief against the city, even if the plaintiff is seeking only an injunction or a declaration that her rights were violated. (Kagan, J., recused).
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on November 30, 2010. (Kagan, J., recused).
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Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Los Angeles County, California
- Brief for Respondents Craig Arthur Humphries and Wendy Dawn Aborn Humphries
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Los Angeles County, California
- Opinion below (9th Circuit)
- Petition for certiorari (unavailable)
- Brief in opposition (unavailable)
- Petitioner’s reply (unavailable)