Federal Tort Claims Act News

Court Rules Airport Screeners Shielded From Passenger Abuse Claims

Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses. …

Supreme Court Upholds Immunity for Army Corps; Rejects Katrina Victims’ Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Hurricane Katrina victims seeking billions of dollars on claims that the Army Corps of Engineers added to the storm’s impact by improperly maintaining a shipping channel. The justices today left intact a …

SEC Immune from Investors’ Suit Over Madoff, Says Appeals Court

Investors who said they lost money in Bernard Madoff’s fraud may not pursue a lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for missing the swindler’s Ponzi scheme, a federal appeals court said on Monday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court …

Court Reverses Landmark Katrina Ruling on Army Corps Liability

A federal appeals court reversed itself this week and threw out a judge’s landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps’ maintenance …