Matthews v. Bergdorf

Allegation: Over 10 years, Delaware County, Okla. social workers receive at least 17 reports that couple (once named “adoptive parents” of the year by the state) is abusing children. (Both parents take a plea and receive life sentences (though they won’t have to serve most of the time).) Can the children sue 18 social workers? For the most part, no, says the Tenth Circuit. But in the several instances where they link an individual social worker to an incident (such as the claim that two social workers tipped off the couple to impending home visits), the suit survives qualified immunity.

Tags: 2018, Fourteenth Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Substantive Due Process, Tenth Circuit

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