Dolan v. United States Postal Service
- Case Date: 7/14/2005
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On February 22, 2006, in a clear victory for the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is not immune from lawsuits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) where postal employees' negligence causes physical injuries and property damage to the public. The Court agreed with WLF's argument in a 7-1 opinion (Justice Alito did not participate in the case) that Congress did not provide USPS with such special immunity for personal injuries caused by negligent conduct of postal employees, and thus, it should be held liable just as private carriers or companies would be held liable for similar negligent conduct.
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7/14/2005: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Supreme Court Rules That Postal Service May Be Liable For Negligent Conduct