When word came last week that the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case of a smutty SWAT officer and his explicit text messages, the news quickly spread among government lawyers in California. Meyers Nave lawyers who worked on an amicus brief for the appeal said their phones started ringing pretty quickly.

“I heard from a lot of my colleagues in the municipal law bar,” said firm principal Joseph Quinn, who along with Nancy Thorington, an associate at the 80-lawyer firm, wrote the brief (pdf) asking the court to review the case. “It really will have an impact on the day-to-day operations of California public entities.”

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