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FEDERAL EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY ACT

An injured railroad worker suing under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act need only prove that the railroad company’s negligence played a part – no matter how small – in his injury. See “Supreme Court: Railroad workers can sue under relaxed ...

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Relaxed causation standard for railroad worker suits

An injured railroad worker suing under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act need only prove that the railroad company’s negligence played a part – no matter how small – in his injury, the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision.

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PRIVACY ACT

Did a pilot who sued the government for mental anguish for disclosing information about his HIV status establish “actual damages” under the Privacy Act? See “Justices to rule in Privacy Act case” FAA v. Cooper, No. 10-1024. Certiorari granted June ...

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CLASS ACTIONS

A federal district court cannot enjoin a state court from certifying a product liability class action based on an earlier decision the federal court made not to certify a class in a related case brought by different plaintiffs. See “Federal ...

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