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Columbia Law Review

Comparative and Foreign Law

1977

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Integrating Governmental And Officer Tort Liability, George A. Bermann Jan 1977

Integrating Governmental And Officer Tort Liability, George A. Bermann

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The legislative and judicial dismantling of sovereign immunity is among the more significant and celebrated reforms of recent American administrative law. In many instances, this development has given those seeking damages for wrongful governmental action their first and only defendant. Even in situations in which litigants already had a cause of action against individual public officials, making the government amenable to suit has enhanced the chances of actual recovery, since officials often lack the means to satisfy judgments rendered against them. The immunity from liability enjoyed by public officials also has undergone a complex series of changes. Though still in ...