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Durrah v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
760 F.2d 222 (1985)


Three weeks after Michael L. Durrah (plaintiff) began working for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) (defendant), he slipped on a staircase after taking a soda break. In contravention of WMATA rules, Durrah took the soda break without first requesting permission and obtaining a substitute to cover his post. Durrah sustained a knee injury from the slip and sought benefits under the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied Durrah’s claim, and the Benefits Review Board (BRB) affirmed. Durrah petitioned for review of the BRB’s decision.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

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