Attorneys hired by a Long Island, N.Y., village cannot be held liable under federal civil rights law for the advice they offered, which a developer claims caused costly delays to his condominium project, a federal judge has ruled.

Eastern District of New York Judge Arthur D. Spatt in Westhampton Beach Associates v. Strebel, 08-CV-1493, held that the attorneys had been functioning as private contractors, whose conduct could not be reached under the law.

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