Gooch v. Oregon Short Line R. Co.
258 U.S. 22 (1922)

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Gooch v. Oregon Short Line R. Co., 258 U.S. 22 (1922)

Gooch v. Oregon Short Line Railroad Company

No. 90

Argued January 13, 16, 1922

Decided February 27, 1922

258 U.S. 22

Syllabus

1. An agreement in a drover's railroad pass, made pursuant to a tariff filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission and conditioning his right to recover for personal injuries upon the giving of a written notice of claim, within thirty days after injury, to the general manager of the carrier upon whose line the accident occurs, is valid, at least where his injuries do not disable him from complying with the condition. P. 258 U. S. 24.

2. Actual knowledge on the part of the railroad's employees is no excuse for not giving the notice. P. 258 U. S. 24.

3. The action of Congress in fixing not less than 90 days for giving notice of claims in respect of goods (Cummins Amendment, March

Page 258 U. S. 23

4, 1915, c. 176, § 1, 38 Stat. 1196), is not a declaration of public policy against allowing a less, though reasonable, time in the case of personal injuries. P. 258 U. S. 24.

264 F. 664 affirmed.

Certiorari to a judgment of the circuit court of appeals affirming a judgment of nonsuit in an action in the district court for personal injuries.

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