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Actions Against Government Officials

Learn about unique federal court actions that may be brought against government officials, including so-called Bivens and § 1983 actions.


I.          Introduction

Private plaintiffs who allege that governmental action harmed them may want to sue the government. They also may want to sue the state and government officers themselves. However, to sue the officers, the private plaintiff has to have a cause of action. Let’s talk about possible causes of action.

II.        Types of Causes of Action 

There are three possible types of actions that might be...