Recent decisions of the Court interpreting the Federal Tort Claims Act, including Laird v. Nelms and Stencel Aero Engineering Corp. v. United States, and to a lesser extent, Logue v. United States and United States v. Orleans, indicate a definite shift away from the Supreme Court's broad view of the Act, towards a much narrower concept of governmental tort liability. It is the purpose of this note to document and analyze this rather drastic shift in construction of the FTCA, in light of the past precedents, legislative history and public policy.
Note, The Supreme Court and the Tort Claims Act: End of an Enlightened Era, 27 Clev. St. L. Rev. 267 (1978)