Minneapolis & St. Louis R. Co. v. Winters - 242 U.S. 353 (1917)
U.S. Supreme Court
Minneapolis & St. Louis R. Co. v. Winters, 242 U.S. 353 (1917)
Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad Company v. Winters
Argued December 5, 1916
Decided January 8, 1917
242 U.S. 353
When a state court applies the Federal Employers' Liability Act to an action governed by the state law, the error is not ground for reversing the judgment upon the complaint of a party who did not oppose, but invoked and relied upon, the application of the federal statute.
In such circumstances, however, this Court will not pass upon questions concerning negligence and assumption of risk if the facts touching the plaintiff's employment are stated and agreed, and fail to make a case within the federal act.
The injury occurred while plaintiff was repairing an engine. The
engine had been used in interstate commerce before the injury and was so used afterwards, but there was nothing to show that it was permanently or specially devoted to such commerce, or assigned to it at the time. Held, not a case within the Federal Employers' Liability Act.
131 Minn. 181; id., 496, affirmed.
The case is stated in the opinion.