Stinson v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co.
355 U.S. 62 (1957)

Annotate this Case

U.S. Supreme Court

Stinson v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co., 355 U.S. 62 (1957)

Stinson v. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.

No. 442

Decided November 18, 1957

355 U.S. 62

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE

SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA

Syllabus

In this case arising under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, certiorari granted; judgment reversed, and cause remanded for consideration of any grounds not disposed of on the first appeal and, if none has merit, with instructions to reinstate the judgment awarding damages to petitioner.

(a) This Court agrees with the finding of the Supreme Court of Alabama that there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find that there was negligence on the part of respondent railroad.

(b) The evidence also presented a jury question whether the employee's death resulted in whole or in part from such negligence.

Reported below: 266 Ala. 244, 96 So.2d 305.

PER CURIAM.

The petition for writ of certiorari is granted. The Supreme Court of Alabama held that "there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find that there was negligence on the part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company." 264 Ala. 522, 527, 88 So.2d 189, 193. We agree. We now hold that the evidence also presented a jury question whether the employee's death resulted in whole or in part from such negligence. 35 Stat. 65, 45 U.S.C. § 51; Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co.,352 U. S. 500; Schulz v. Pennsylvania R. Co.,350 U. S. 523. The judgment of the Supreme Court of Alabama is therefore reversed, and the cause is remanded for consideration of any grounds not disposed of on the first appeal, and, if none has merit, with instructions to reinstate the judgment entered on the jury verdict of June 12, 1953,

Page 355 U. S. 63

awarding the petitioner damages of $46,600. Urie v. Thompson,337 U. S. 163. For the reasons set forth in his opinion in Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co.,352 U. S. 500, 352 U. S. 524, MR. JUSTICE FRANKFURTER is of the view that the writ of certiorari is improvidently granted.

MR. JUSTICE BURTON dissents.

MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, while believing that certiorari should be denied, considers that Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co., supra, requires him to concur in the result.

Official Supreme Court caselaw is only found in the print version of the United States Reports. Justia caselaw is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect current legal developments, verdicts or settlements. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or information linked to from this site. Please check official sources.