Lillie v. Thompson - 332 U.S. 459 (1947)
U.S. Supreme Court
Lillie v. Thompson, 332 U.S. 459 (1947)
Lillie v. Thompson
Decided November 24, 1947
332 U.S. 459
A complaint under the Federal Employers' Liability Act alleged that the hours, location and circumstances of the complainant's work created a likelihood that she would suffer injuries through the criminal acts of a person not an employee, that the railroad failed to exercise its duty of taking reasonable measures to protect her against the foreseeable danger, and that she suffered injuries as a result of the railroad's failure to take such measures.
1. The complaint stated a cause of action under the Act. Pp. 332 U. S. 460-461.
2. That the danger was from criminal misconduct by an outsider is irrelevant. If that danger was foreseeable, the railroad had a duty to make reasonable provision against it. Pp. 332 U. S. 461-462.
162 F.2d 716, reversed.
Petitioner's suit against a railroad for damages under the Federal Employers' Liability Act was dismissed by the District Court for failure to state a cause of action. The Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. 162 F.2d 716. This
Court grants a petition for certiorari, reverses the judgment, and remands the case to the District Court, p. 332 U. S. 462.