Constitutional Violations by Federal Employees
If you suspect you are a victim of a constitutional violation by a federal employee, contact Paul Padda Law as soon as possible.
Legal cases involving constitutional violations by federal employees in Nevada can be extremely complicated. With so much at stake, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side who thoroughly understands the Federal Tort Claims Act. Our knowledgeable, experienced Las Vegas attorneys thoroughly understand the law and know how to get results. Our law firm was founded by two former federal prosecutors. We know are well-versed in FTCA claims and are comfortable handling cases in federal court.
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your claim. Contact a Las Vegas federal attorney right away. The sooner you contact Paul Padda Law, the sooner we can explain all the legal options available to you. We don’t tell clients what to do. We listen. Then we offer our advice so people can make informed decisions. You ultimately decide what legal action you want us to take on your behalf. You’re in charge.
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In a landmark ruling in 1971, the United States Supreme Court created a private damages action against federal officials for constitutional torts (civil rights violations) which are not otherwise covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act. In Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), the Supreme Court found that the Fourth Amendment gave rise to a cause of action against federal law enforcement officials for damages from an unlawful search and seizure. A Bivens lawsuit, it should be noted, is not a traditional tort action. Rather, a person seeking damages against a federal official under a Bivens theory must show that important constitutional rights have been violated.
In a traditional tort claim brought against the federal government, the United States is always the proper defendant. Whereas, in a Bivens action, the suit is considered personal to the federal official and the official is the proper defendant in that type of lawsuit. These types of cases are common among government whistleblowers.
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Under Bivens, a jury may award punitive damages against the federal official. The import of this is that a Bivens defendant is at risk of personal liability, including punitive damages, while the government pays all damages in Federal Tort Claims Act cases (in which no jury trial is allowed). Because of the unique defenses available to federal officials (absolute and qualified immunity) a Bivens action should always be handled by a skilled attorney with experience and knowledge in the area.
As a former federal trial attorney, Paul Padda spent years defending the federal government against civil lawsuits and is very familiar with Bivens actions. In fact, many other attorneys turn to Paul Padda Law to assist them and their clients in lawsuits against the federal government. If you are contemplating an action against a federal official based upon a constitutional law violation, it is essential to choose a law firm that has extensive knowledge and experience in this highly specialized area of the law. One fatal misstep can result in dismissal of an otherwise meritorious lawsuit.