INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a FedEx relative. 5 of the 8 people shot last year In an Indianapolis warehouse by a former employee of a shipping giant.
U.S. District Judge James Sweeney on Monday granted a motion to dismiss FedEx Corporation and its three divisions from the wrongful death lawsuit. He found that federal courts had no jurisdiction over this action seeking unspecified damages because it fell under Indiana’s workers’ compensation law.
Sweeney said, “Because the Indiana Workers Compensation Board has exclusive jurisdiction over this law, this court may not grant any relief to plaintiffs’ claims against FedEx.” increase.
His order does not exclude from the complaint another defendant, Securitas Security Services, which provides security at a FedEx warehouse southwest of Indianapolis.
filed in April in federal district court in Indianapolis. The plaintiff is a relative of his Amarjeet Johal, 66, who was a shooting victim. Amarjit Sekong, 48 years old. Jasbinder Kaur, 50 years old. John Weisert, 74 years old. Carly Smith, 19 years old.
Matthew R. Alexander, 32, Samaria Blackwell, 19, and Jaswinder Singh, 68, were also killed in the attack.
The lawsuit alleges shooter Brandon Scott Hall, 19, “demonstrated emotional and mental instability on multiple occasions” prior to the April 15, 2021 shooting. There is
Hall, a former FedEx employee, shot himself after killing eight FedEx employees. Four members of the Indianapolis Sikh community. Five others were injured in the attack.
Melvin L. Hewitt, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, said in a statement Tuesday:
“Indiana law and the laws of many states often protect large employers from liability through workers compensation. However, in this case, Indiana not only protects employers , even protect the employer’s parents and go so far as to grant immunity to another company owned by the employer,” Hewitt added.
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