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Hamilton County Job and Family Services v. Siefert

Petition for certiorari denied on December 7, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-381 6th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2020

Issues: (1) Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit erred when it failed to conduct an individualized analysis of the actions of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services and other petitioners before blanketly rejecting their asserted defense of qualified immunity; (2) whether the 6th Circuit erred when it determined that, through a footnote, it was clearly established that a children’s services caseworker has an affirmative duty to protect parental due process rights when a child is hospitalized and no child custody proceedings have been initiated; and (3) whether the Supreme Court should resolve the circuit conflict on the important federal question of whether a private, non-profit hospital and private healthcare providers are state actors subject to claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 when they simply provide medical care and cooperate with a county Job and Family Services Department for the appropriate treatment of a suicidal minor.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 18 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 26, 2020)
Oct 23 2020Brief of respondents Joseph Siefert, et al. in opposition filed.
Nov 10 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/4/2020.
Dec 07 2020Petition DENIED.