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Homeland Security Act of 2002: Tort Liability Provisions [November 27, 2002]   [open pdf - 44KB]

The Homeland Security Act of 2002, P.L. 107-296 (H.R. 5005), contains the following provisions that limit tort liability, and this report examines each of them. [1] Section 304 immunizes manufacturers and administrators of smallpox vaccines from tort liability. [2] Section 863 limits the tort liability of sellers of anti-terrorism technologies. [3] Section 890 limits the tort liability of air transportation security companies and their affiliates for claims arising from the September 11, 2001 air crashes. [4] Section 1201 limits the tort liability of air carriers for acts of terrorism committed on or to an air carrier. [5] Section 1402 immunizes air carriers from liability arising out of a Federal flight deck officer's use or failure to use a firearm, and immunizes Federal flight deck officers from liability, except for gross negligence or willful misconduct, for acts or omissions in defending the flight deck of an aircraft. [6] Sections 1714-1717 limit the tort liability of manufacturers and administrators of the components and ingredients of various vaccines.

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31649
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2002-11-27
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