Northeast Marine Terminal Co. v. Caputo

432 U.S. 249, 97 S.Ct. 2348, 53 L.Ed.2d 320, 1977 AMC 1037 (1977)

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Northeast Marine Terminal Co. v. Caputo

United States Supreme Court
432 U.S. 249, 97 S.Ct. 2348, 53 L.Ed.2d 320, 1977 AMC 1037 (1977)

Facts

Carmelo Blundo (plaintiff) was a harbor worker employed by International Terminal Operating Co. (ITO) (defendant) at a pier in Brooklyn, New York. Blundo checked cargo as it was loaded or unloaded from vessels or containers and, depending on his day’s assignment, would work either on a ship or on shore. Blundo was injured when he slipped and fell on ice while checking cargo being removed from a container on the pier. Ralph Caputo (plaintiff) was a longshoreman hired by Northeast Stevedoring Co. (Northeast) (defendant) to work on ships on another Brooklyn pier, or at Northeast’s terminal facility. Like Blundo, Caputo worked either on a ship or on shore depending on his day’s assignment. Caputo was injured while loading cargo into a truck at Northeast’s terminal. Both Blundo and Caputo sought compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Administrative-law judges found that both Blundo and Caputo satisfied the requirements of the act, and the Benefits Review Board affirmed the compensation awards. ITO and Northeast appealed these decisions, and the court of appeals consolidated the two cases. The court held that both Blundo and Caputo were entitled to benefits under the act, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)

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