Erie R. Co. v. Tompkins
Significance, The Court Changes Course, A "radical Change", Impact
Erie Railroad Company
That state law, rather than federal court decisions, should determine whether the railroad was liable for injuries Tompkins suffered when walking along the railroad's right-of-way.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Fred H. Rees
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, Louis D. Brandeis (writing for the Court), Charles Evans Hughes, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone, Stanley Forman Reed
Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds (Benjamin N. Cardozo did not participate)
Date of Decision
25 April 1938
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the petitioner's claim and reversed the circuit court of appeal's validation of the trial jury's award of damages.
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