March 28, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Millbrook v. US that the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and exceptions to it, waive the immunity of prison guards who commit intentional torts that are within the scope of their authority. The text of 28 USC 2680 lists exceptions for which t... ...[read more]
January 29, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to reinstate a lawsuit against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by investment fraud victims of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. The investors had sued the SEC under the waiver of sovereign immunity in the Federal ...[read more]
June 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS). In its decision, the court found that under ...[read more]
June 3, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 3, 2011, Judge Kenneth Marra of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida permitted lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International to move forward. Victims and family members filed suit against Chiquita in April 2010 for crimes including murder and torture. The company had ...[read more]
February 29, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. that the federal Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) preempts state-law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims because these claims fall within the field of locomotive equipment regulation preempted by the act. The ...[read more]
October 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 12, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that US courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Claims Act to hear certain tort claims brought by apartheid victims against companies that allegedly collaborated with the South African government in the maintenance of ...[read more]
May 13, 2009
by Benjamin Hackman
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Monday that tort claims against a federally licensed gun maker and gun dealer stemming from a 1999 California shooting must be dismissed under a federal statute enacted in 2005. The court concluded that Congress intended the Protection of Lawful ...[read more]
April 9, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Wednesday denied in part a motion to dismiss lawsuits against some companies accused of assisting South Africa's apartheid-era government can go forward. The lawsuit, brought by a class of thousands of South Africa... ...[read more]
October 22, 2008
by Safiya Boucaud
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a physician who was accused of writing illegal prescriptions could pursue claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution against the federal government. The court held Tuesday that a provision of the Federal Tort ...[read more]
October 2, 2008
by Eric Firkel
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the United States Postal Service (USPS) was entitled to immunity in a lawsuit alleging that a postal employee had interfered with the delivery of a political opponent's campaign fliers ahead of a municipal election. The court... ...[read more]

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