Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp.
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Nov 9, 2011
|Feb 29, 2012||6-3||Thomas||OT 2011|
Holding: Petitioners’ state-law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims fall within the field of locomotive equipment regulation pre-empted by the Locomotive Inspection Act, as that field was defined in Napier v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on February 29, 2012. Justice Kagan filed a concurring opinion. Justice Sotomayor filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, which Justices Ginsburg and Breyer joined.
- Opinion analysis: The Court goes back to school (Shon Hopwood)
- Argument recap: Contending with old precedent (Shon Hopwood)
- Argument preview: Preemption under the Locomotive Inspection Act (Shon Hopwood)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for Petitioners
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioners
- Brief for the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
- Brief for the American Association for Justice
- Brief for the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees
- Brief for Public Justice, P.C.
- Brief for Public Law Scholars
- Brief for the United States
Merits Briefs for the Respondents
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondents
- Brief for Thyssenkrupp Budd Company
- Brief for the National Association of Manufacturers
- Brief for General Electric Corporation
- Brief for John Crane Inc.
- Brief for Chamber of Commerce
- Brief for the Washington Legal Foundation
- Brief for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
- Brief for Griffin Wheel Company
- Brief for the Association of American Railroads
- Petition for certiorari
- Brief in opposition for Railroad Friction Products Corp. (unavailable)
- Response to petition for VIAD
- Supplemental brief for respondent VIAD
- Supplemental brief for respondent Railroad Friction Products Corp.