Friday, August 24, 2012
The SAFETY Act was passed in 2002 as part of the legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security. According to the website, the SAFETY Act "provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services." In other words, the Act immunizes designated companies from tort liability stemming from a terrorist-related incident. Most companies on the list are technology manufacturers, who obtain civil immunity by meeting a battery of tests and getting Homeland Security's approval.
Now on the list? Yankee Stadium. As reported on NBC News.com, Yankee Stadium has become the first sports facility to earn the Safety Act designation. Thus, the venue is immune from civil liability by any future victims of a terrorist attack. Also on the list? According to NBC: Superbowl venues (generically listed as the NFL).