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High Court Clears U.S. Public Health Employees Of Liability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) bars actions filed under Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents (403 U.S. 388, 397) against U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) officers or employees for harms due to constitutional violations that occurred while the officials were...

Supreme Court: Medical Battery Suit Against United States May Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A citizen may proceed with his lawsuit against the United States alleging medical battery by a Navy doctor acting within his scope of employment, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning ( Steven Alan Levin v. United States, et al. , No. 11-1351, U.S. Sup.)...

U.S. High Court: Prison Officers Not Immune From Assault Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) waives sovereign immunity for law enforcement officers' acts where a claim arises out of one of six intentional torts where an officer is "acting within the scope of his office or employment," a unanimous U.S. Supreme...