Homeland Security Act of 2002: Tort Liability Provisions [Updated September 23, 2005] [open pdf - 66KB]
"Tort liability is traditionally governed by state law, but Congress has the power to regulate it when it affects interstate commerce. Past instances in which Congress has limited tort liability include the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which is discussed below, and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.1 The Homeland Security Act of 2002, P.L. 107-296, contains the following provisions that limit tort liability, and this report examines each of them."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31649
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