When the Interests of Municipalities and Their Officials Diverge: Municipal Dual Representation and Conflicts of Interest in § 1983 Litigation
44 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Nov 2011
Date Written: September 3, 2009
In many cases, municipal attorneys defend both a municipality and a municipal official against § 1983 claims. Some defenses available to the two types of defendants are incompatible and may give rise to conflicts of interest. This Note analyzes the problems associated with these conflicts of interest. The Note categorizes and describes the strengths and shortcomings of existing approaches to addressing these conflicts. Finally, it proposes a hybrid approach that may better address conflicts of interest in municipal dual representation.
Keywords: municipal liability, § 1983, conflict of interest, dual representation
JEL Classification: H77, K13, K19, K41
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