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UPDATE: US Supreme Court Rules Against CSX In Railroad Injury Case
June 28, 2011, 9:40 am
By Brent Kendall, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
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.
Ginsburg rejected CSX's arguments that the jury instructions in the case made it too easy for jurors to find that CSX caused or contributed to the engineer's injury.
The justices were examining a provision of the Federal Employers' Liability Act that says a rail carrier is liable for worker injuries that result from negligence by the carrier.
A trial judge instructed the jury that CSX caused or contributed to McBride's injury if its negligence "played a part, no matter how small, in bringing about the injury."
CSX said McBride should have been required to prove that the company's alleged negligence was a cause of the injury. Read More...
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