U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case Brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on Behalf of Injured Railroad Worker; Firm’s Second Case Before U.S. Supreme Court This Term
As reported by Law360 and Reuters, among other media outlets, a case brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on behalf of injured railroad worker Bradley LeDure has been accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, LeDure v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., will be the firm’s second case this term before the U.S. Supreme Court, which typically selects approximately 80 cases per year out of thousands of submissions. Earlier this year, the Court accepted a case brought by the firm on behalf of Northwestern University retirement plan participants, which was argued on December 6, 2021.
The LeDure case is of significant importance to railroad workers. It concerns the question, under the Locomotive Inspection Act, of whether the locomotive that Mr. LeDure was inspecting when he was injured was “in use” at the time of his injuries. Schlichter Bogard & Denton has argued for an interpretation of the Locomotive Inspection Act that would foster workplace safety and protect railroad workers such as Mr. LeDure. Union Pacific, along with other railroads, has maintained that the Locomotive Inspection Act should be narrowly construed, so that Mr. LeDure and others similarly situated are ineligible to receive compensation when injured.
This case serves as yet another example of our firm’s decades-long commitment to aggressive advocacy on behalf of the nation’s railroad workers. We are proud to champion the rights of injured railroad workers throughout the country, and we look forward to the opportunity to advocate for the protection of these rights before the U.S. Supreme Court.