EXPEDITIONS UNLIMITED AQUATIC ENTERPRISES, INC., a corporation, Appellant, Norman Scott, v. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION et al

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Summary

Judicial consideration of whether an official of the Smithsonian has immunity from liability as an officer of a government agency, and whether this officer was acting within the perimeter of his responsibilities to the government agency. Majority ruled based on Supreme Court decision in Barr v. Matteo that the Smithsonian Institution qualifies for immunity as a "federal agency" due to its function as a "national museum and center of scholarship." Therefore, its employees are employees of the government, and have immunity as acting officers of a government agency.

Subject

  • Scott, Norman J. 1934-
  • Bazelon, David L
  • Wright, J. Skelly
  • McGowan, Carl E
  • Tamm, Edward Allen
  • Leventhal, Harold
  • Robinson, III, Spottswood W
  • MacKinnon, George Edward
  • Robb, Roger
  • Wilkey, Malcolm Richard
  • Expeditions Unlimited Aquatic Enterprises, Inc

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 184 U.S. App. D.C. 397 (1977)
  • Title 20, Education
  • Court case

Notes

See, Barr v. Matteo, 360 U.S. 564, 79 S.Ct. 1335, 3 L.Ed.2d 1434 (1959).

Contained within

566 Federal Reporter, 2d Series (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • 1978
  • 09/16/1977

Topic

  • Judicial opinions
  • Actions and defenses
  • Libel and slander
  • Status (Law)
  • Government liability
  • Employers' liability

Form/Genre

Court case

Physical description

Number of pages: 24; Page Numbers: 289-312

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