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Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Company - Significance

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Long Island Railroad Company


Helen Palsgraf

Appellant's Claim

That Ms. Palsgraf failed to establish that her injuries resulted from the defendant's negligence, and that her case should have been dismissed by the State Circuit Court in Kings County, New York.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

William McNamara

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Matthew W. Wood

Justices for the Court

Benjamin N. Cardozo, Henry T. Kellogg, Irving Lehman, Cuthbert W. Pound

Justices Dissenting

William S. Andrews, Frederick E. Crane, Denis O'Brien


New York, New York

Date of Decision

29 May 1928


That Ms. Palsgraf's injuries were not the result of negligence on the part of the Long Island Railroad Company or its employees.

Related Cases

  • Derdiarian v. Felix Contracting Corp., 51 N.Y.2d 308 (1980).
  • Goodwin v. James, 595 A.2d 504 (1991).
  • Broin v. Philip Morris, Inc., 641 So.2d 888 (1997).

Further Readings

  • Johnson, John W., ed. Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.
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