Judge Rules Companies Can’t Sue Feds over 2010 Flood

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell dismissed three lawsuits that accused federal agencies of negligence during the 2010 Nashville flood, ruling that the government has legal immunity under a 1928 federal flood control law. The Tennessean reports that Gaylord Entertainment Co. (now Ryman Hospitality Properties), Gibson Guitar, Nissan North America and several other companies sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service last year for acting negligently and inadequately communicating with each other before and during the storm. The government sought to have the suits dismissed, asserting that federal agencies are legally protected when they make discretionary decisions based on public policy considerations.