At The Sanders Firm, P.C., which serves those in the New York City area, we focus much of our energy on civil rights lawsuits; however, our clients need to understand there are various defenses that may affect their ability to win their lawsuit. In this section of our website, we are going to consider and explain nine different defenses; what they mean, and how they may affect a lawsuit.
Defenses are often noted by descriptive terms that tell us something about that defense. With a prescribed defense such as governmental entity or qualified immunity, there are prescribed criteria that one must prove in order for that defense to be successful. Thus, if you are bringing a civil rights suit against someone who works in the government and they claim the defense of governmental entity, they can be found not liable if they can prove that defense.