In Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp., 132 S. Ct. 1261 (No.10-879), the United States Supreme Court rejected plaintiff’s claims that the Locomotive Inspection Act (“LIA”) did not preempt state law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims concerning locomotive equipment, and ruled broadly that the LIA does preempt such claims.  The Court rejected the argument that the subsequent Federal Railroad Safety Act altered the preemptive scope of the LIA.  Furthermore, the Court held that the preemptive scope of the LIA extends to state law claims arising from the repair and maintenance of locomotives, as well as claims arising from the operation of locomotives in service.  It preempts failure-to-warn claims, design-defect claims, claims based on state common law duties and standards of care, as well as state legislation and regulations.