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Rail Suit Jurisdiction Dispute Chugs Into Supreme Court

Law360, New York (January 13, 2017, 10:47 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a jurisdictional dispute involving BNSF Railway Co.'s challenge to a Montana high court ruling that two injured out-of-state railroad workers could sue the company in Big Sky Country.

In a five sentence order, the high court granted BNSF’s petition for a writ of certiorari and allowed amicus briefs from the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Association of American Railroads and the Washington Legal Foundation. BNSF is challenging a Montana Supreme Court ruling in May that says both the Federal Employers Liability Act and Montana law give individuals...

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