3rd Circ. Reinstates Injured NJ Transit Worker's $824K Award

By Linda Chiem (August 29, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Thursday reinstated an $824,000 jury award to a New Jersey Transit maintenance worker who was injured on the job, in light of a new state law dismantling the public transit operator's sovereign immunity as an "arm of the state."

A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court affirmed Quitman Robinson's $824,152 award in his Federal Employers' Liability Act suit alleging that NJ Transit's negligence led to him being severely injured on the job. The court vacated its earlier January order nixing the award based on NJ Transit's sovereign immunity at the time.

The panel issued a sua...

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