The Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in one case this morning:
Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp., No. 10-879: Petitioner, an employee of a railroad, brought state-law claims of defective design and failure to warn of dangers posed by asbestos contained in locomotives and locomotive parts. The district court ruled that the state-law claims were pre-empted by the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), 49 U. S. C. §20701 et seq., and the Third Circuit affirmed. Today, the Court affirmed as well, holding that Petitioners’ state-law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims fell within the field of locomotive equipment regulation pre-empted by the LIA, as that field was defined in Napier v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co., 272 U. S. 605 (1926), a case which, the Court noted, Petitioner attempted to distinguish but did not seek to have overruled.
The Court’s opinion is available here.