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Tag Archives: FTCA

Tort/Negligence – FTCA – Assault – Pentagon Police Officer

Ignacio v. U.S. A Pentagon police officer who allegedly assaulted a contract security officer assigned to the Pentagon, while the two were stationed at a Pentagon security checkpoint, does not have sovereign immunity from a suit for assault under the Federal Tort Claims Act; the 4th Circuit reverses the district court decision that the U.S. was immune from suit because the police officer was not “engaged in investigative or law enforcement activities” when he allegedly assaulted plaintiff.

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Tort/Negligence – FTCA – Scope of Employment – National Guard – Assault on Recruit – Negligent Supervision

Pittman v. United States Even though the Federal Tort Claims Act does not waive the government’s sovereign immunity with regard to intentional torts, plaintiff has nevertheless stated a claim by alleging that a National Guard sergeant failed to intervene while a specialist under his command gave alcohol to a 17-year-old recruit and engaged in sexual relations with her.

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Tort/Negligence – FTCA – Medical Malpractice – Remedies – California Law – Reversionary Trust

Cibula v. U.S. In this case in which a family won a multi-million dollar Federal Tort Claim Act award from the U.S. for their child’s brain damage caused by government doctors, the 4th Circuit remands the case for a second time for the Virginia federal district court to grant the government a reversionary interest in the child’s future care award under the controlling California law.

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