Stephen D. Quinn, Carson City, Nevada, for the defendants-appellants.Sean P. Rose, Reno, Nevada, and Carolyn Kubitschek, NewYork, New York, for the plaintiffs-appellees.
SCHROEDER, Chief Judge:
We took this case en banc to clarify the narrow scope of absolute immunity after Supreme Court decisions have takenan approach that is fundamentally inconsistent with the rea-soning of our earlier circuit authority involving immunity forfamily-service social workers.
Compare Babcock v. Tyler
,884 F.2d 497, 502-03 (9th Cir. 1989),
with Kalina v. Fletcher
,522 U.S. 118, 127-29 (1997),
and Antoine v. Byers & Ander-son, Inc.
, 508 U.S. 429, 432-37 (1993).