Federal Tort Claims Process

The Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. 2671-2680, provides an avenue for a plaintiff to recover against the United States government for property damage, personal injuries, or death caused by the negligence or wrongful act or omission of federal employees.

The Economic Loss Rule

The Economic Loss Rule is a doctrine that prohibits recovery for an economic loss resulting from a wrongful act or an infringement of a right, when unaccompanied by physical property damage or personal injury. Instead, only parties to the contract or contractual beneficiaries may recover economic losses. An economic loss...

Illinois Tort Immunity

Suits against "local public entities,” including counties, townships, municipalities, municipal corporations, school districts, park districts, fire protection districts, and sanitary districts, fall under the purview of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/1- 101.

When does the PUCO have jurisdiction over a claim

In Ohio, as in most states, public utilities have significant influence and power. One way in which the utility exercises that power is to try to move a case in litigation to a more utility-friendly venue, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Ohio Revised Code 4905.26 vests the PUCO...

Tort Times: It’s All About Relationships

As you know from my last article, I haven’t been a practicing attorney for long. I will admit in the very beginning it was confusing to me when I received a file that referred to the adverse party as a “claimant.” But you only need to read a claim file...