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Section Newsletter Articles on Immunity

When a private individual can claim qualified immunity—A look at Filarsky v. Delia By Lisle A. Stalter Federal Civil Practice, June 2012 On April 17th of this year, the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, extended qualified immunity protections to a private individual hired by the government.
Local governmental entities not entitled to absolute immunity when a hazardous recreational activity is involved By Joy A. Roberts Local Government Law, October 2006 On July 5, 2006 the Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that when a hazardous recreational activity is involved, local governmental entities and their employees are held to a higher standard of care; therefore, pursuant to section 3-109 of the Tort Immunity Act, they are immune from liability for negligence, but subject to the exceptions found in section 3-109(c) of the Act. Murray v. Chicago Youth Center, et al., 2006 WL 1822656 (Ill. 2006).
Mazin v. Chicago White Sox: The Sox strikeout on tort immunity By Hon. Michael P. McCluskey Civil Practice and Procedure, February 2006 A brief summary of a well-written opinion by Justice Robert Cahill of the First District Appellate Court in Mazin v. Chicago White Sox, Ltd.
Case analysis—Hope v. Pelzer By Yvonne M. Kato Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, May 2003 This past summer, the Supreme Court issued another decision in the long line of cases involving qualified immunity defenses and section 1983 suits.