United States v. SeckingerAnnotate this Case
397 U.S. 203 (1970)
U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Seckinger, 397 U.S. 203 (1970)
United States v. Seckinger
Argued January 14, 1970
Decided March 9, 1970
397 U.S. 203
An employee of respondent contractor was injured while engaging in work that respondent was performing for the Government under a fixed-price contract providing that the private contractor "shall be responsible for all damages to persons or property that occur as a result of his fault or negligence. . . ." In a suit against the Government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, the employee was awarded damages based upon the Government's negligence. Thereafter, the Government brought this action for indemnification, alleging that the contractor's negligence was solely responsible for the employee's injuries. The District Court granted respondent's motion to dismiss, in part on the ground, thereafter sustained by the Court of Appeals, that the contract clause was not broad enough to permit indemnification of the Government for its own negligence, which had substantially contributed to the injury.
Held: Though the Government, under the contract clause involved here, cannot recover for its own negligence, it is entitled to indemnity on a comparative basis to the extent that it can prove that respondent's negligence contributed to the employee's injuries. Pp. 397 U. S. 209-217.
408 F.2d 140, reversed and remanded.