Monell v. Department of Social Services

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In Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658, 691 (1978), the U.S. Supreme Court held that municipal liability cannot rest on the doctrine of respondeat superior could a governmental entity be responsible under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, and claims against a county and officers acting in their official capacities must fail unless execution of a government policy inflicted an injury.

However, the Court observed, "There is certainly no constitutional impediment to municipal liability."