April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases concerning time bars for filing claims against the US government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). In United States v. Wong the court heard arguments on whether the six-month time bar for filing suit in federal court under ...[read more]
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 ...[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 ...[read more]

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