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Federal Tort Claims Act & Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign immunity is the legal principle where the government cannot be held liable for civil damages. It exists at both the State and Federal level. Federally, the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) represents the federal government’s waiver of its immunity to certain suits. See Richards v. United States, 369 U.S. 1, 6 (1962) (the FTCA “was designed…

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