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Pennsylvania Railroad v. Chamberlain
United States Supreme Court
288 U.S. 333 (1933)
Chamberlain (plaintiff) sued Pennsylvania Railroad (defendant) alleging the Railroad negligently caused the death of a brakeman. Chamberlain, the administrator of the brakeman's estate, claimed that employees of the Railroad negligently caused a multicar collision, resulting in the brakeman being thrown from the car he was riding and run over by another car. Three witnesses testified that no collision occurred. Chamberlain's witness testified that there was a collision. He did not personally observe the collision, but merely inferred from the circumstances that the crash occurred. The trial court directed the jury to find in favor of Pennsylvania, and the court of appeals reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sutherland, J.)
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