Lawsuit Ex-TSA Worker Claims Airport Scanner Caused Tumor, Sues L3 aka Rapiscan [MIA]

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Law 360: Ex-TSA Worker Claims Airport Scanner Caused Tumor (Aug 2 2013)

    A former Transportation Security Administration worker sued L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems Inc. in Florida state court Tuesday, claiming that she developed a tumor from radiation exposure due to her regular operation of the company's whole-body scanner at Miami International Airport.

    Plaintiff Tiffany Bethel brought claims of negligence, warranty and product liability for design defect and abnormally dangerous activity against the Woburn, Mass.-based company, which designed and manufactured the L-3 ProVision Whole Body Imager she operated.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Nothing against the employer.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    that should clue you in as to why.
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    To be honest I didn't know the TSA couldn't named in a state court.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    since it involves a federal agent in the conduct of his work, it would be removed to a federal court, IIRC. Federal courts have a rep of being less friendly to these kinds of suits.
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I guess the plaintiff's attorney thinks he (she?) has a way to get around the SAFETY Act, which provides for immunity to those manufacturers...
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A civil suit against a federal agency would have no chance in federal courts. A criminal case against federal employees might be conducted under state law but would still be removed to the federal courts; unfortunately one of the best precedents (Idaho v. Horiuchi) in that area was vacated by a corrupt Idaho prosecutor and might have to be reestablished.

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