With the nature of the shipping business changing, and competition from private long-distance carriers becoming fiercer, the U.S. Postal Service should not be insulated from equitable estoppel for falsely promising to insure jewelry in a package a customer sent from Cobleskill, N.Y., to Paris, a federal judge has ruled.

Northern District of New York Judge Lawrence E. Kahn determined in Gildor v. U.S. Postal Service, 1:04-CV-1320, that Arieh Gildor need not have to show affirmative misconduct by Postal Service employees to invoke the doctrine of equitable estoppel against the government.

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