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Worker’s Compensation Claim – Subject-matter Jurisdiction

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Leonard D. Fuqua v. United States Postal Service, et al.,

Case No.: 18-2415

Officials: BRENNAN, SCUDDER, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Worker’s Compensation Claim – Subject-matter Jurisdiction

This appeal asks us to consider under which federal employee compensation act a postal worker’s claim of emotional distress must be resolved. The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act applied to Fuqua’s claim, its administrative scheme ran its course, and his claim for emotional distress was denied for lack of evidence. The district court correctly ruled it had no subject matter jurisdiction over his claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act. So we AFFIRM its judgment.


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