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Ballentine v. Las Vegas Metro. Police Dep't

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Jul 2, 2019
No. 17-16728 (9th Cir. Jul. 2, 2019)

Opinion

No. 17-16728

07-02-2019

BRIAN BALLENTINE; et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, Defendant, MIKE WALLACE, Sergeant; JOHN LIBERTY, Lieutenant, Defendants, and CHRISTOPHER T. TUCKER, Detective, Defendant-Appellant.


NOT FOR PUBLICATION

D.C. No. 2:14-cv-01584-APG-GWF MEMORANDUM Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
Andrew P. Gordon, District Judge, Presiding Submitted and Submission Deferred March 15, 2019 Resubmitted June 28, 2019 San Francisco, California Before: W. FLETCHER, WATFORD, and HURWITZ, Circuit Judges.

This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). --------

In this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action, the plaintiffs allege that Las Vegas police officers arrested them in retaliation for protected speech. The district court denied in part the officers' motion for summary judgment seeking qualified immunity, and this appeal followed.

In Nieves v. Bartlett, the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff pursuing a First Amendment retaliatory arrest claim must generally plead and prove the absence of probable cause for the arrest. 139 S. Ct. 1715, 1723-24 (2019) (abrogating Ford v. Yakima, 706 F.3d 1188 (9th Cir. 2013) (per curiam)). The Court noted, however, "that the no-probable-cause requirement should not apply when a plaintiff presents objective evidence that he was arrested when otherwise similarly situated individuals not engaged in the same sort of protected speech had not been." Id. at 1727. Because neither the district court nor the parties had the benefit of Nieves when the order on appeal was decided, we vacate that order and remand for further proceedings in light of Nieves.

VACATED AND REMANDED.


Summaries of

Ballentine v. Las Vegas Metro. Police Dep't

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Jul 2, 2019
No. 17-16728 (9th Cir. Jul. 2, 2019)
Case details for

Ballentine v. Las Vegas Metro. Police Dep't

Case Details

Full title:BRIAN BALLENTINE; et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN…

Court:UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Date published: Jul 2, 2019

Citations

No. 17-16728 (9th Cir. Jul. 2, 2019)