Judges fight railroad liability in injury lawsuit

By Linda Chiem (March 28, 2022, 6:01 p.m. EDT) — The U.S. Supreme Court debated on Monday how to define when a locomotive is “in service” and whether Union Pacific Railroad Co. should be held liable injuries an engineer suffered after slipping and falling while preparing a train to leave an Illinois rail yard.

Judges heard oral argument in the case of locomotive engineer Bradley LeDure v Union Pacific, considering what circumstances would trigger a railroad’s liability under the Locomotive Inspection Act, the 1911 Act which set out safety and inspection requirements for locomotives in “use” on a “railway line”. “

LeDure’s attorney, David C. Frederick of Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel &…

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