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N.Y. Central R.R. Co. v. White

United States Supreme Court
243 U.S. 188 (1917)


Jacob White, an employee of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Company (Railroad) (defendant), died from an accidental injury sustained in the course of his employment. White’s widow (plaintiff) filed for compensation under the Workmen’s Compensation Law of New York, which provided an exclusive remedy for employee injury and death arising out of the course of employment, without regard to fault. Mrs. White was issued an award pursuant to the act, and the award was ultimately affirmed by the New York Court of Appeals. The Railroad filed a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, contending that the Workmen’s Compensation Law took the Railroad’s property in violation of due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Pitney, J.)

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