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Go Load Trucking v. U.S. Postal Service

United States District Court, Sixth Circuit

May 22, 2013

GO LOAD TRUCKING, Plaintiff,
v.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

JOHN G. BEYBURN II, Judge.

Plaintiff, Go Load Trucking, has filed suit against the United States Postal Service for misdelivery of a certified mailing with restricted delivery. The Postal Service has moved to dismiss. The Court has reviewed the motion and response and finds the result to be quite straightforward.

There are two reasons why this case must be dismissed. First, though the Federal Torts Claims Act ("FTCA") waives sovereign immunity in most tort cases, it does not do so in cases arising from the loss, miscarriage or negligent transmission of letters. 28 U.S.C. § 2680(b); Dolan v. United States Postal Service, 546 U.S. 481, 485-86 (2006). Second, even if Plaintiff could bring suit under the FTCA, that act requires the filing of an administrative claim. Failure to do so bars any lawsuit under the FTCA. 28 U.S.C. § 2675(a); McNeil v. United States, 508 U.S. 106, 113 (1993). For all these reasons, the Court concludes that dismissal is appropriate.

Being otherwise sufficiently advised,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants' motion to dismiss is SUSTAINED and the complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.

This is a final order.


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