Federal Circuit Rejects Pilot Death Benefits

Law360, New York (July 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has ruled that the families of pilots who helped extinguish fires for public agencies shouldn't be allowed federal death benefits because they were employed by private contractors and not the government.

In a decision Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed one decision and affirmed another concerning the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act, which provides benefits to the relatives of public safety officers who are killed as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

The three-judge...
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