Tollefsen & Company, P.c., an Oregon Corporation; John J.tollefsen; Lane E. Tollefsen, and Their Maritalcommunity, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. United States of America, Defendant-appellee, 967 F.2d 591 (9th Cir. 1992)Annotate this Case
Submitted June 3, 1992. *Decided June 5, 1992
Before FARRIS, WILLIAM A. NORRIS and KOZINSKI, Circuit Judges.
The district court held that it lacked jurisdiction to review the Attorney General's certification under 28 U.S.C. § 2679(d) (1) that the three originally named defendants were acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the actions that gave rise to this suit. Accordingly, it substituted the United States as defendant without considering whether the original defendants were acting within the scope of their employment. The district court's dismissal of the suit for failure to exhaust administrative remedies turned on the substitution of the United States as defendant.
We have recently held that Congress did not intend to preclude judicial review of § 2679(d) (1) certifications and that district courts must review such certifications de novo. Meridian International Logistics, Inc. v. United States, 939 F.2d 740, 744-45 (9th Cir. 1991). Accordingly, we reverse and remand for consideration of whether the original defendants were acting within the scope of their employment.
REVERSED and REMANDED.