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    SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DIST. v. KNOLL, 471 U.S. 288 (1985)

    U.S. Supreme Court

    SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DIST. v. KNOLL, 471 U.S. 288 (1985)

    471 U.S. 288

    SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL. v. KNOLL
    CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT

    No. 82-1889.

    Argued January 14, 1985
    Decided April 17, 1985

    Respondent filed suit in Federal District Court on April 21, 1981, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that petitioner School District, in August 1979, May 1980, and December 1980, had discriminated against her on the basis of sex in failing to promote her to an administrative position. The court dismissed the 1983 claim because it was not brought within the 6-months limitations period under the Pennsylvania statute applicable to actions against a government official for acts done in the execution of his office. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the 6-year "residuary" provision of the Pennsylvania limitations scheme was applicable.

    Held:

    The Court of Appeals' judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded for further consideration in the light of the decision in Wilson v. Garcia, ante, p. 261, that all 1983 claims should be characterized for statute of limitations purposes as actions to recover damages for injuries to the person.

    699 F.2d 137, vacated and remanded.

    Charles Potash argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief was Harris F. Goldich.

    Robert H. Chanin argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Michael H. Gottesman, Robert M. Weinberg, and Jeremiah A. Collins. *  

    [ Footnote * ] A brief for the State of Pennsylvania et al. as amici curiae urging reversal was filed by LeRoy S. Zimmerman, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and Andrew S. Gordon and Allen C. Warshaw, Senior Deputy Attorneys General, and by the Attorneys General of their respective States as follows: Michael A. Lilly of Hawaii, Robert T. Stephan of Kansas, John D. Ashcroft of Missouri, Paul L. Douglas of Nebraska, Gregory H. Smith of New Hampshire, Rufus L. Edmisten of North Carolina, and Anthony Celebrezze of Ohio.

    PER CURIAM.

    On April 21, 1981, respondent commenced this action alleging, in part, that the petitioner School District discriminated [471 U.S. 288, 289]   against her on the basis of sex in failing to promote her to an administrative position. 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.

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

      "[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).

    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 (1984), and heard argument.

    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, ante, p. 261, 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.

      It is so ordered.

    JUSTICE POWELL took no part in the consideration or decision of this case. [471 U.S. 288, 290]  

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