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Injured Railroad Worker Files Lawsuit Against Cal-Train

March 4, 2013, 3:03 pm

February 25, 2013 – Oakland, CA – A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against Cal-Train, Transit America Services, Inc. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. after being injured while working on a stretch of rail in San Mateo County, CA, owned by Cal-Train.  The lawsuit, filed under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), alleges that Cal-Train was negligent in maintaining and repairing of the track; failed to provide proper equipment, failed to provide safe workplace and failed to provide adequate supervision.

NTSB: Train missed signals before Oklahoma crash

February 26, 2013, 2:44 pm

Originally posted By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS - Associated Press - February 26, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One of two freight trains that collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle last summer, killing three workers and causing an inferno that nearly welded the locomotives together, sped past three signals warning it to slow down or stop, federal investigators said Tuesday.

The eastbound Union Pacific train passed a siding at 68 mph just prior to the June 24 collision near Goodwell instead of slowing as one of the Omaha, Neb., railroad's freight trains approached from the other direction, investigators told the National Transportation Safety Board at a hearing in Washington.

UPDATE: US Supreme Court Rules Against CSX In Railroad Injury Case

June 28, 2011, 9:40 am

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday against CSX Corp.'s (CSX) bid to make it harder for rail workers to win compensation in court for injuries that may be job related.

The court, in a 5-to-4 opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, upheld a $184, 000 court award to CSX locomotive engineer Robert McBride, who said he injured his hand while adding and removing railroad cars.

Railroads Lose Supreme Court Fight Over Worker Suits

June 28, 2011, 9:37 am

The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling against a CSX Corp. (CSX) unit, made it easier for railroad industry workers to win lawsuits blaming their company for injuries they suffered on the job.

The justices, voting 5-4, today upheld a $184,250 award to a locomotive engineer who said CSX Transportation Inc. was responsible for a hand injury he suffered while at the helm of a train.

Court: Railroad injury suits made simpler

June 28, 2011, 9:21 am

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday a plaintiff doesn't have to show a railroad's negligence as the principal cause of an injury under a federal law.

The law in question is the Federal Employers' Liability Act, which holds railroads liable for employees' injuries "resulting in whole or in part from (the railroad's) negligence."

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