Russell E. Ake


To attempt a brief summary of the Federal Tort Claims Act may be likened to an attempt to explain atomic energy in ten words. But such a summary may be of some usefulness to our esteemed adversaries - the plaintiff's counsel in FTCA cases. Like most statutes, both state and federal, the text of this Act is encompassed within a few paragraphs. Then there follows a welter of interpretations, exceptions, and constructions. However, I shall attempt to hit the high spots and see if we can't come at least to a general understanding of what it's about and what it means.

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