US Not Liable For $2M In Ruined HIV Samples: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday said the federal government doesn’t owe compensation to a Washington state company developing an at-home test for HIV despite accidentally destroying nearly $2 million worth of blood and saliva samples, citing law enforcement immunity to such litigation.

On-Site Screening Inc. had sued the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows certain lawsuits against Uncle Sam for errors committed by government agents. However, the government is still shielded from lawsuits that involve goods detained by law enforcement officers.

The company...
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