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471 US 288 Springfield Township School District v. H Knoll

471 U.S. 288

105 S.Ct. 2065

85 L.Ed.2d 275

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al., petitioners,
v.
Madelin H. KNOLL

No. 82-1889 (A-667)

Supreme Court of the United States

April 17, 1985

On writ of

certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

PER CURIAM.

1

On She sought equitable and compensatory relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the alleged acts of discrimination which occurred in August 1979, May 1980, and September 1980.

2

The District Court dismissed the § 1983 claim because it was not brought within the 6-month limitations period which applies to

3

"[a]n action against any officer of any government unit for anything done in the execution of his office, except an action subject to another limitation specified in this subchapter." 42 Pa.Cons.Stat. § 5522(b)(1) (1982).

4

The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the "application of the six-month limitations period would be inconsistent with the policies and legislative history underlying § 1983" and that "the six-year residuary provision of the limitations scheme should govern this dispute." 699 F.2d 137, 139 (CA3 1983). We granted certiorari, 468 U.S. 1204, 104 S.Ct. 3571, 82 L.Ed.2d 870 (1984), and heard argument.

5

The judgment of the Court of Appeals is now vacated, and the case is remanded for further consideration in light of our decision in Wilson v. Garcia, 471 U.S. at 261, 105 S.Ct. 1938, 83 L.Ed.2d ---- in which we have held that all § 1983 claims should be characterized for statute of limitations purposes as actions to recover damages for injuries to the person.

6

It is so ordered.

7

Opinion on remand, 763 F.2d 584.

8

Justice POWELL took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.