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Editor's Note :

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Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-1024 9th Cir. Nov 30, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Mar 28, 2012 5-3 Alito OT 2011

Holding: The authorization of suits against the government for “actual damages” in the Privacy Act of 1974 is not sufficiently clear to constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity from suits for mental and emotional distress.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on March 28, 2012. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Ginsburg and Breyer. Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.

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