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City of St. Louis, Missouri v. Meier

Petition for certiorari denied on March 30, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-797 8th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issues: (1) Whether a municipality, whose officers issued a “wanted” report supported by probable cause to believe that an automobile was an instrumentality or evidence of a crime, resulting in the seizure of an automobile by officers of another jurisdiction, can be held liable for a violation of the Fourth and 14th Amendments, in an action by the vehicle’s owner under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for seizure of the automobile; and (2) whether the “rigorous standards” of causation and culpability governing municipal liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 permit such liability against a municipality to be predicated on the conduct of a non-governmental actor in retaining property seized by police, on the basis of the non-governmental actor’s own policy or custom of enforcing “wanted” bulletins from law enforcement agencies, without any other connection with the municipality against which the Section 1983 action is brought.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Dec 19 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 22, 2020)
Jan 06 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from January 22, 2020 to February 21, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Jan 07 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including February 21, 2020.
Feb 21 2020Brief of respondent Mary Meier in opposition filed.
Mar 09 2020Reply of petitioners City of St. Louis, Missouri, et al. filed.
Mar 11 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/27/2020.
Mar 30 2020Petition DENIED.