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Union Stock Yards Co. of Omaha v. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R.R.

United States Supreme Court
196 U.S. 217 (1905)


Union Stock Yards Co. of Omaha (Union) (plaintiff) was a terminal company hired to switch railroad cars owned and operated by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R.R. (railroad) (defendant). One of these cars had a defective nut. This condition could have been discovered by Union or the railroad if they performed a reasonable inspection, but both parties negligently failed to do so. As a result, one of Union’s employees was injured in switching the cars. Union paid the employee damages, and brought suit against the railroad to recover the money it paid. The lower court issued judgment for the railroad, and Union appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Day, J.)

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