U.S.S.C. Rules that Carrier Negligence Does Not Incorporate Proximate Cause Standard

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In CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. v. MCBRIDE, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employers' Liability Act, which the Jones Act incorporates, does not incorporate “proximate cause” standards developed in nonstatutory common-law tort actions. The Court also held that it is not error in FELA cases to refuse a jury instruction charge embracing stock proximate cause terminology and that the proper jury charge in FELA cases simply tracks language Congress employed, informing juries that a defendant railroad caused or contributed to a railroad employee's injury if railroad's negligence played any part in bringing about the injury.

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