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Arlington Central School District Board of Education v. Murphy

Docket No.: 05-18
Certiorari Granted: 1/6/2006
Argued: April 19, 2006
Decided: June 26, 2006

Topics:

Attorneys, Attorneys' Fees

PartyNames: ARLINGTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION v. MURPHY et vir
Petitioner: Arlington Central School District Board of Education
Respondent: Pearl Murphy, et vir

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Arlington Central School District Board of Education
v.
Pearl Murphy, et vir
548 U.S. 291 (2006)
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO QUESTION 1 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

I. Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (the "IDEA")'s attorneys' fees shifting provision, 20 U.S.C. § 1415(i)(3)(B), authorize a court to award "expert" fees to the parents of a child with a disability who is a prevailing party under the IDEA? II. Did the Circuit Court err in affirming the district court's partial award to the prevailing parents pursuant to the IDEA's attorneys' fees shifting provision, 20 U.S.C. § 1415(i)(3)(B), for the services of an "educational consultant"?

Question:

Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act permit parents to recover fees they pay to experts during legal actions against school districts?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
Read ARLINGTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION V. MURPHY opinion (PDF)
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