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Pennsylvania State Troopers Association v. Commonwealth

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


May 1, 2007

PENNSYLVANIA STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION AND BRUCE A. EDWARDS, PLAINTIFFS
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE AND COLONEL JEFFERY B. MILLER, DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Christopher C. Conner United States District Judge

ORDER

AND NOW, this 1st day of May, 2007, upon consideration of the motion for reconsideration (Doc. 27) by defendant Pennsylvania State Police ("State Police"),*fn1 see Harsco Corp. v. Zlotnicki, 779 F.2d 906, 909 (3d Cir. 1985) ("The purpose of a motion for reconsideration is to correct manifest errors of law . . . ."), and it appearing that the State Police, as an arm of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is immune under the Eleventh Amendment from an action seeking prospective injunctive relief, see Alabama v. Pugh, 438 U.S. 781 (1978); Boone v. Pa. Office of Vocational Rehab., 373 F. Supp. 2d 484, 491 (M.D. Pa. 2005) ("[T]he Eleventh Amendment 'prohibits federal courts from entertaining suits by private parties against States and their agencies.' This bar applies regardless of whether the plaintiff seeks monetary damages or injunctive relief against a state." (quoting Pugh, 438 U.S. at 791)); see also Hindes v. FDIC, 137 F.3d 148, 165 (3d Cir. 1998) ("The principle which emerges from [Ex parte Young, 209 U.S. 123 (1908),] and its progeny is that a state official sued in his official capacity for prospective injunctive relief is a person within section 1983, and the Eleventh Amendment does not bar such a suit." (emphasis added)), and that plaintiffs agree that the State Police is immune under the Eleventh Amendment (see Doc. 31 at 4), it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. The motion for reconsideration (Doc. 27) is GRANTED.

2. Paragraph 1 of the order of court dated March 20, 2007 (Doc. 25) is AMENDED to read as follows:

The motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) by Defendant Pennsylvania State Police (Doc. 10) is GRANTED. All claims against defendant Pennsylvania State Police are DISMISSED.

3. The above-captioned action will proceed on plaintiffs' claim under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act against defendant Colonel Jeffery B. Miller.


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