The Supreme Court’s 1950 decision in Feres v. United States generally bars active-duty servicemembers from pursuing tort lawsuits against the United States for injuries that arise out of military service.
"The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009 (Rodriguez Act) proposes to allow members of the military to recover for medical and dental malpractice lawsuits against the government for non-combat related injuries or deaths."
Jonathan BROWN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. UNITED STATES of America, Defendant-Appellee.
Decided: August 04, 1998
United States Supreme Court
FERES v. UNITED STATES(1950)
Argued: October 12, 1950
Decided: December 4, 1950
"We can think of no other judicially-created doctrine which has been criticized so stridently, by so many jurists, for so long," wrote Judge Nguyen of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Ritchie v. United States.
The Supreme Court’s 1950 decision in Feres v. United States generally bars active-duty service members from pursuing tort lawsuits against the United States for injuries that arise out of military service.