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Under the prevailing doctrine in this country neither the state nor the federal government is liable for torts committed in its service by its officers and employees unless it consents to such liability; the officer or employee, however, may be individually liable. This removes at once a very substantial area of injury-producing activity from the operation of forces which have tended to make much of our tort law a vehicle for distributing the loss suffered by the victims of enterprise among the beneficiaries of the enterprise. The expansion of the activities of government during recent decades points up sharply the striking character of this exceptional immunity from liability of one of the best loss-distributing agencies in our society.

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Tort Liability of Governmental Units and Their Officers, 22 U. Chi. L. Rev. 610 (1955)

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