We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

7th Circ. Says Rumsfeld Can't Be Held Liable For Torture

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 1:45 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that two former U.S. government contractors cannot hold ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally liable for their alleged torture in Iraq, the latest defeat for a private damages argument that has failed in two other circuits.

In an 8-3 decision, the circuit court held that federal law does not provide a private right of action for damages against military personnel and their commanders, meaning Rumsfeld cannot be held liable for the alleged torture of contractors Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel under anti-torture laws like the Detainee Treatment Act. 

“Unless there is a right of action against...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Attached Documents

Related

Sections

Law Firms

Government Agencies