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Magnolia Petroleum Co. v. Hunt
United States Supreme Court
320 U.S. 430, 64 S. Ct. 208, 88 L. Ed. 149, 150 A.L.R. 413 (1943)
Hunt (plaintiff), a Louisiana citizen and employee of a Louisiana employer, Magnolia Petroleum Co. (Magnolia) (defendant), was injured while working in Texas. While recovering in a Texas hospital, Hunt signed forms that amounted to an election to receive Texas workers’-compensation benefits for his injuries from the Texas State Industrial Accident Board. When Hunt returned to Louisiana, where the workers’-compensation system entitled him to greater benefits, Hunt filed a claim in Louisiana to increase his award. The Texas insurer immediately stopped making payments to Hunt and notified the Texas board. The Texas board then set a hearing date and gave Hunt notice. Hunt did not show up for the Texas hearing, and the Texas board made an award to Hunt that was the equivalent of a judgment. Thereafter, Hunt refused to accept any money from that award and filed suit against Magnolia in Louisiana. The Louisiana court awarded Hunt more than he was awarded in Texas, and Magnolia appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stone, C.J.)
Dissent (Black, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
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