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Civil Rights & Governmental Liability


Daniel Coker Horton & Bell’s Civil Rights & Governmental Liability practice group defends governmental entities from a variety of potential liability issues, including litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Mississippi Tort Claims Act (“MTCA”).   Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 has become a labyrinth of procedural and substantive rules and is further complicated by the fact that the constitutional rights at the root of all Section 1983 litigation are fluid concepts that are continually being revisited by the United States Supreme Court and other appellate and trial courts. 

Most other potential governmental liability matters within Mississippi must be brought under the MTCA which codifies the common law principal of governmental immunity and provides for a limited waiver of that immunity. Daniel Coker Horton & Bell attorneys regularly defend Mississippi governmental entities and their employees under the MTCA and are well acquainted with the intricacies of the Act and the protections provided to governmental entities in Mississippi.

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