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Supreme Court affirms officials' liability status.

The Supreme Court last Tuesday upheld a Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that state officers may be held personally liable for damages under section 1983 based upon actions taken in their official capacity.

The Court's decision in Melo v. Hafer does not increase, or in any way affect, the personal liability of municipal officers under section 1983. Rather, the Melo ruling clarifies that state officials may, not unlike municipal officials, be sued for damages in their individual capacities under section 1983.
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Title Annotation:Melo vs. Hafer
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 11, 1991
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