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HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Decision Might Foreshadow Expansion of the Qualified Immunity Defense in Excessive Force Cases
Lalit K. Loomba; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015
The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases, often highlighted by cell phone or dash-cam video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments, which continue to struggle with balancing the public interest in community safety against the...

 

HTMLThe King Can Do No Wrong. But Then Again ...
Lalit K. Loomba; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
At common law, municipalities were immune from liability in tort for the misfeasance of their officers and employees. This principle of “sovereign immunity” was often summed up by the phrase, “The King can do no wrong.” Sovereign immunity was not merely a defense to...

 

HTMLAlbuquerque Police in the Crosshairs of Federal Oversight
Lalit K. Loomba; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
This is my first entry as a regular contributor to the Municipal & Public Entity section of the Professional Liability Advocate blog. Municipal and public official litigation falls under Wilson Elser’s Municipal/Local Government practice group.