- Court: U.S. Supreme Court Certiorari Granted
- Area(s) of Law: Constitutional Law
- Date Filed: March 30, 2020
- Case #: 19-546
- Judge(s)/Court Below: 917 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2019).
- Full Text Opinion
Petitioners, an FBI Special Agent and a Grand Rapids Police Officer, misidentified Respondent while searching for a fugitive, and a violent altercation occurred when Respondent resisted arrest. Respondent sued the United States under the FTCA and Petitioners under a Bivens action. The district court ruled in favor of the government and Petitioners, reasoning with respect to the FTCA that Petitioners would receive immunity under Michigan law by acting within the scope of their authority and reasoning with respect to the Bivens claims that Petitioners had not violated Respondent’s constitutional rights. Respondent only appealed his Bivens claims, leaving the district court’s FTCA judgment final. Petitioners argued that the FTCA’s judgment bar foreclosed Respondent’s Bivens claims. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected