Tort Claims Act
n.
A federal law that makes the U.S. government liable for damages in tort, waiving sovereign immunity except in specific cases; many states also have tort claims acts.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


tort claims act
A federal or state law that waives the government's sovereign immunity under certain conditions, allowing lawsuits by people who claim they have been harmed by negligent or intentional torts (wrongful acts) by a government agency or its employees. Before the enactment of tort claims acts, governmental bodies could not be sued without the specific permission of the government. The federal version is the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


Tort Claims Act
n. A law passed by the federal government and by most state governments waiving sovereign immunity from liability in torts for injury or loss of property. The Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946 confers exclusive jurisdiction on the United States District courts to hear claims against the federal government.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

tort claims act
n.
   a federal or state act which, under certain conditions, waives governmental immunity and allows lawsuits by people who claim they have been harmed by torts (wrongful acts), including negligence, by government agencies or their employees. These acts also establish the procedure by which such claims are made. Before the enactment of tort claims acts, government bodies could not be sued without the specific permission of the government. The federal version is the Federal Tort Claims Act.
   See also: Federal Tort Claims Act

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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