Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 17: Liability

Handbook Chapter

Published: November 18, 2020

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Understand city exposure to lawsuits and the state statutes and judicial decisions that limit liability. Addresses tort liability of cities, officers, and employees; statutory immunities; exceptions and limits to liability. Discusses special causes of action such as civil rights, Section 1983 actions, and antitrust. Introduces concepts of negligence, immunity and punitive damages. The city’s duty to defend and indemnity its officers and employees.