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Pennsylvania Railroad v. Chamberlain

United States Supreme Court
288 U.S. 333 (1933)


Facts

Chamberlain (plaintiff) sued Pennsylvania Railroad (Railroad) (defendant) alleging the Railroad negligently caused the death of a brakeman. Chamberlain claimed that employees of the Railroad negligently caused a multicar collision, resulting in the deceased being thrown from the car he was riding and run over by another car. Three witnesses testified that no such collision occurred. One witness testified that there was such a collision. The trial court directed the jury to find a verdict in Pennsylvania’s favor, and the court of appeals reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the reversal of judgment on a verdict directed in favor of the Railroad.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Sutherland, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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