Category Archives: Immunity from Suit

Employee’s and Teacher’s Retirement System of Alabama

Members of the Employees’ and Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Alabama sued David Bronner, executive officer of those systems, claiming he had failed to invest system funds so that they would bring the highest returns. Apparently the plaintiffs weren’t fond of golf courses and office buildings in Alabama. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the Circuit Court should dismiss the complaint because Bronner not only has great discretion to choose investments, but also because it’s not the Court’s role to constantly monitor Bronner’s decisions. See, Supreme Court of Alabama, Oct. Term, 2014-2015, 1110472, Ex parte David Bronner (In re: Tonya Denson and Venius Turner v. David Bronner et al., Montgomery Circuit Court, CV-11-900738)

Immunity from Suit

The Alabama Supreme Court has made local school boards immune from law suits in tort or contract. However, the U.S. Supreme Court and the 11th Cir. have made it clear that local school boards in Alabama are not immune from violations of federal statutes. See Walker, et al. v. Jefferson Co. Sch. Board of Ed., et al. (11th Cir. No. 13-14624, 11/04/13).