338 U.S. 440
70 S.Ct. 225
94 L.Ed. 244
UNITED STATES. SCHWEITZER v. UNITED STATES.
Nos. 379, 380.
On Application for Approval of Settlement Nov. 25, 1949.
Decided Dec. 19, 1949.
We granted writs of certiorari in these cases, 338 U.S. 814, 70 S.Ct. 44, to review a decision of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 174 F.2d 7, affirming judgments of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida in favor of the United States on claims arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Before argument, petitioners and the Solicitor General submitted a joint application for approval of proposed settlements of the claims, citing 28 U.S.C. § 2677, 28 U.S.C.A. § 2677, which reads as follows:
'The Attorney General, with the approval of the court, may arbitrate, compromise, or settle any claim cognizable under section 1346(b) of this title (suits under the Tort Claims Act), after commencement of an action thereon.' We construe § 2677 as imposing on the District Court the authority and responsibility for passing on proposed compromises, notwithstanding the judgments of the Court of Appeals affirming the judgments of the District Court heretofore entered herein. The application and stipulations are therefore referred to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida with authority to consider and dispose of the same. It is so ordered.
Mr. Justice DOUGLAS took no part in the consideration or decision of this case.