Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Nov 30, 2011
|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.
- Opinion analysis: The Court’s Privacy Act standard – neither inconceivable nor implausible (Alex Wohl)
- Argument recap: The Court’s Privacy Act rabbit hole (Alex Wohl)
- Argument preview: The Privacy Act and damages for distress (Alex Wohl)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Merits Briefs for the Respondent
Amicus Briefs for the Respondent
- Opinion below (9th Cir.)