Friday, July 27, 2007
Congress passed new homeland security legislation today, adopting many of the suggestions of the 9/11 commission, and it is on its way to President Bush, who has said he will sign it. (The bill as adopted is available here.) It's got two potentially interesting components for torts folks:
- First, it provides immunity for people who make "good faith reports" of suspected terrorist activity. This targets situations like the US Air flight out of Minneapolis last year where six imams were removed from the flight when other passengers said they acted suspiciously; the imams later filed suit.
- Second, the AAJ (formerly ATLA) reports in an e-mail newsletter that the bill includes language that eliminates the argument that tort law is preempted by the Federal Rail Security Act. On a fairly quick glance, I can't find that language (and it's not referenced in any of the coverage of the bill that I can find), but it's a pretty long bill, too.