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Apr 18

Are We Safe? Liability, Homeland Security Technologies and the SAFETY Act

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In order to increase the nation's ability to detect and prevent devastating acts of terrorism, America must rely on private industry - but America's warped tort law system is poised like a Sword of Damocles over the head of any company capable of developing the next generation of technologies.
In 2002, Congress passed the SAFETY Act to limit liability for private developers and manufacturers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.
Have Congress and the Administration done everything reasonably possible to make the SAFETY Act a robust mechanism for facilitating the development of anti-terrorism technologies?  Or do vital technologies needed to protect Americans from terrorism remain undeveloped because of the risks posed by the punitive tort system?

More About the Speakers

The Honorable Jay M. Cohen
Under Secretary for Science and Technology,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Brian Finch, Esq.
Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Rudolph R. Cohen, Jr.
Executive Operating Committee,
Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Raymond B. Biagini, Esq.
McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Hosted By

Brian W. Walsh Brian W. Walsh

Senior Legal Research Fellow Read More