The AL Supreme Ct. recently ruled that while cops have immunity from suit for acts committed in the line of duty, it is not absolute. When responding to emergencies, anyone driving an emergency vehicle must use their siren and lights, as well as proceed with due regard for the safety of others. See Kendrick v City of Midfield, 1130886, released 04/15/16.
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)
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).