(Neb)-US Supreme Court Rejects Montana "Forum Shopping" Suit Against BNSF
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Montana court's ruling that two Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers could sue the company for injuries in the Montana courts, even though the men never worked in the state
The Montana Supreme Court ruled a year ago that railroad workers have special protections that allow them to file injury lawsuits wherever their employers do business, but the country's highest court says state courts don't have jurisdiction over a railroad company headquartered elsewhere just because it has tracks running through those states.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the opinion that deciding the workers' cases in Montana would be a violation of Texas-based BSNF's due process rights under the 14th Amendment. The railroad had argued the Montana ruling would allow "forum shopping," filing lawsuits in states likely to favor the plaintiffs.
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