WASHINGTON, D.C. – A split U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 upheld the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ determination that Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co. (352 U.S. 500) relaxed the proximate cause requirement in Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) cases and that a trial court’s paraphrase of the decision, that “Defendant ’caused or contributed to’ Plaintiff’s injury if Defendant’s negligence played a part – no matter how small – in bringing about the injury,” was appropriate (CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Robert McBride, No. 10-235, U.S. Sup.; 2011 U.S. LEXIS 4795).
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