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  1. United States v. Gillock

    445 U.S. 360 (1980)   Cited 179 times   
    Discussing Tenney

    404. Although Tenney reflects this Court's sensitivity to interference with the functioning of state legislators, we do not read that opinion as broadly as Gillock would have us. First, Tenney was a civil

    decisions on immunity of state officials from suit have drawn the line at civil actions. Cf., e. g., Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367; O'Shea v. Littleton, 414 U.S. 488. Where important federal interests


    440 U.S. 391 (1979)   Cited 631 times   
    Holding that legislators serving on regional, multi-state entity are entitled to absolute immunity on reasoning of Tenney

    uninhibited discharge of their legislative duty, not for their private indulgence but for the public good," Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367, 377, and this reasoning is equally applicable to federal, state, and

    consistently recognized in the common law and was taken as a matter of course by our Nation's founders. In Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367, this Court reasoned that Congress, in enacting § 1983 as part of the

  3. Spallone v. United States

    493 U.S. 265 (1990)   Cited 262 times   
    Explaining that the same considerations underlying Tenney and Lake Country Estates applied to contempt sanctions against local legislators

    Appeals also rejected petitioners' invocation of the federal common law of legislative immunity, see Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367 (1951), concluding that "[w]hatever the scope of local legislators' immunity

    court's discretion to impose sanctions on petitioners as well under the circumstances of this case. In Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367 (1951), we held that state legislators were absolutely privileged in their

  4. Imbler v. Pachtman

    424 U.S. 409 (1976)   Cited 7,090 times   4 Legal Analyses   
    Holding prosecutors absolutely immune from damages liability for having knowingly presented perjured witness testimony against criminal defendants, observing that the "veracity of witnesses in criminal cases frequently is subject to doubt before and after they testify . . . . If prosecutors were hampered in exercising their judgment as to the use of such witnesses by concern about resulting personal liability, [they often would refrain from calling such witnesses and hence] the triers of fact in criminal cases often would be denied relevant evidence"

    (Douglas, J., dissenting); Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367, 382-383 (1951) (Douglas, J., dissenting). This Court first considered the implications of the statute's literal sweep in Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U

    harmony with general principles of tort immunities and defenses rather than in derogation of them. Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367. Pp. 417-419. (b) The same considerations of public policy that underlie

  5. Bogan v. Scott-Harris

    523 U.S. 44 (1998)   Cited 692 times   1 Legal Analyses   
    Holding that a mayor was entitled to legislative immunity for acts taken that were "integral steps in the legislative process"

    legislative activities as has long been accorded to federal, state, and regional legislators. See, e.g., Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367, 372, 372-376; Amy v. Supervisors, 11 Wall. 136, 138, distinguished. Such

    finds pervasive support not only in common-law cases and older treatises, but also in reason. See Tenney, 341 U.S., at 376. The rationales for according absolute immunity to federal, state, and regional

  6. Great Western Mortgage Corporation v. Peacock

    110 F.3d 222 (3d Cir. 1997)   Cited 190 times   
    Appearing to reaffirm Tenney

    1017 (1982). We are satisfied that Tenney is still the controlling law in this Circuit as well as others. See, e.g., Dancu v. Coopers Lybrand, citing and following Tenney, as well as authorities in the First

    has construed the FAA to exclude mandatory arbitration of employment contracts. We cannot agree. In Tenney Engineering, Inc. v. United Electrical Radio Machine Workers of America, we held, after an analysis

  7. Palcko v. Airborne Express, Inc.

    372 F.3d 588 (3d Cir. 2004)   Cited 76 times   2 Legal Analyses   
    Affirming the analysis of the exception clause of § 1 in the context of a labor dispute under Tenney

    thereto as to be in practical effect part of it." Tenney, 207 F.2d at 452. The Supreme Court's later decision in Circuit City essentially affirmed the Tenney analysis. 532 U.S. at 119, 121 S.Ct. 1302. Adopting

    in practical effect part of it." Tenney, 207 F.2d at 452; see generally Great W. Mortgage Corp. v. Peacock, 110 F.3d 222, 226-27 (3d Cir. 1997) (declaring that Tenney is still good law). Airborne suggests

  8. Supreme Court of Va. v. Consumers Union

    446 U.S. 719 (1980)   Cited 694 times   
    Holding that § 1988 fees were not recoverable against defendants immune from merits liability

    Debate Clause. Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367 (1951). In Tenney we concluded that Congress did not intend § 1983 to abrogate the common-law immunity of state legislators. Although Tenney involved an action

    we have concluded that "legislators engaged `in the sphere of legitimate legislative activity,' Tenney v. Brandhove, [ 341 U.S. 367, 376 (1951)], should be protected not only from the consequences of

  9. Owen v. City of Independence

    445 U.S. 622 (1980)   Cited 1,673 times   1 Legal Analyses   
    Holding that a “municipality may not assert the good faith of its officers or agents as a defense to liability under § 1983”

    essentially one of statutory construction, see Wood v. Strickland, 420 U.S. 308, 314, 316 (1975); Tenney v. Brandhove, 341 U.S. 367, 376 (1951), the starting point in our analysis must be the language of

    provided had it wished to abolish the doctrine." Pierson v. Ray, 386 U.S. 547, 555 (1967). Thus in Tenney v. Brandhove, supra, after tracing the development of an absolute legislative privilege from its

  10. Patterson v. Tenet Healthcare, Inc.

    113 F.3d 832 (8th Cir. 1997)   Cited 150 times   
    Holding that the exemption "includes `only those other classes of workers who are likewise engaged directly in . . . the movement of interstate or foreign commerce or in work so closely related thereto as to be in practical effect part of it.'" (quoting Tenney, 207 F.2d at 452)

    Mortgage Corp. v. Peacock, No. 96-5273, 1997 WL 153012 at *4 (3d Cir. Apr. 3, 1997) (reaffirming Tenney Engineering, Inc. v. United Elec. Radio Mach. Workers of Amer., Local 437, 207 F.2d 450, 452 (3d

    foreign commerce or in work so closely related thereto as to be in practical effect part of it." Tenney, 207 F.2d at 452. Moreover, as the Cole court pointed out, the Supreme Court's decision in Allied-Bruce

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