The Firm Obtains Victory in U.S. Supreme Court

News Release, Schlichter Bogard & Denton

In a major victory for railroad workers nationwide in the U.S. Supreme Court, Schlichter Bogard & Denton was successful in preserving the favorable law on causation of injuries to railroad workers. In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court adopted the arguments made by our firm in ruling that the FELA law for injured railroad workers should not be changed to be more restrictive to those workers.

In the case, Sorrell v. Norfolk Southern Railroad, which was argued by Attorney Mary Perry of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, the railroad contended that the standard of causation in railroad injury cases should be made more restrictive than it had been interpreted to be for decades. The railroad's position was supported in a brief on behalf of the American Association of Railroads which argued to the Supreme Court that this case would affect virtually every railroad case in the United States. Our position was that this issue was not properly raised by the railroad and that the court should not change the standard of causation. In an opinion dated January 10, 2007, the Supreme Court agreed with our position and maintained the favorable interpretation of injury causation for railroad workers. For a copy of the decision, download the PDF below.


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