New York Cent Co v. Porter, No. 134

CourtUnited States Supreme Court
Writing for the CourtMcREYNOLDS
Citation63 L.Ed. 536,39 S.Ct. 188,249 U.S. 168
Docket NumberNo. 134
Decision Date03 March 1919
PartiesNEW YORK CENT. R. CO. v. PORTER et al

249 U.S. 168
39 S.Ct. 188
63 L.Ed. 536
NEW YORK CENT. R. CO.

v.

PORTER et al.

No. 134.
Submitted Jan. 10, 1919.
Decided March 3, 1919.

Mr. Robert E. Whalen, of Albany, N. Y., for plaintiff in error.

Messrs. Merton E. Lewis, of Rochester, N. Y., and E. Clarence Aiken, of Albany, N. Y., for defendants in error.

Mr. Justice McREYNOLDS delivered the opinion of the Court.

Lewis M. Porter, a section man, was struck and instantly killed by plaintiff in error's engine attached to a passenger train and moving along the main track. The Appellate Division affirmed an award in behalf of his

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widow and children under the New York Workmen's Compensation Law (Consol. Laws, c. 67). Porter v. New York Cent. & H. R. R. Co., 172 App. Div. 918, 156 N. Y. Supp. 1141.

If the deceased was employed in interstate commerce when the accident occurred, consequent rights and liabilities arose under the federal Employers' Liability Act (Act April 22, 1908, c. 149, 35 Stat. 65 [Comp. St. §§ 8657-8665]), and the state statute did not apply. New York Central R. R. Co. v. Winfield, 244 U. S. 147, 37 Sup. Ct. 546, 61 L. Ed. 1045, L. R. A. 1918C, 439, Ann. Cas. 1917D, 1139; Erie R. R. Co. v. Winfield, 244 U. S. 170, 37 Sup. Ct. 556, 61 L. Ed. 1057, Ann. Cas. 1918B, 662.

The evidence showed and the State Workmen's Compensation Commission found:

'Lewis M. Porter resided at Camden, N. Y., and upon the date of the accident, December 17, 1914, was in the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company as a laborer. On said date, while engaged in shoveling snow upon the premises of the New York Central Railroad Company between the west-bound track and a platform near the intersection of said tracks and Mexico street in the village of Camden, he was struck by the engine of a passenger train known as train No. 49, which was proceeding northerly on the west-bound track, receiving injuries from which he died immediately. The tracks of the New York Central Railroad Company at the point where the deceased was working, were used for the purpose of transporting both interstate and intrastate cars and both interstate and intrastate commerce.'

Considered in connection with our opinions in Pederson v. Del., Lack. & West. R. R., 229 U. S. 146, 33 Sup. Ct. 648, 57 L. Ed. 1125, Ann. Cas. 1914C, 153, Southern Railway Co. v. Puckett, 244 U. S. 571, 37 Sup. Ct. 703, 61 L. Ed. 1321, Ann. Cas. 1918B, 69, and cases there cited, we think the circumstances here presented make it...

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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
    • September 12, 1931
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    ...v. Chicago, R. I. & P. Ry. Co., 1918, 183 Iowa 1212, 168 N.W. 339, about to straighten poles; New York Cent. R. R. Co. v. Porter, 1919, 249 U.S. 168, 39 S.Ct. 188, 63 L.Ed. 536, shovelling snow from tracks; Culp v. Atlantic City R. R, 1919, 93 N.J.L. 244, 110 A. 115, painting baggage room; ......
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  • Armburg v. Boston & M.R.R.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
    • September 12, 1931
    ...Winfield, 244 U. S. 147, 37 S. Ct. 546, 61 L. Ed. 1045, L. R. A. 1918C, 439, Ann. Cas. 1917D, 1139;New York Central Railroad v. Porter, 249 U. S. 168, 39 S. Ct. 188, 63 L. Ed. 536;Southern Pacific Co. v. Industrial Accident Commission, 251 U. S. 259, 40 S. Ct. 130, 64 L. Ed. 258, 10 A. L. R......
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    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • February 25, 1944
    ...for the transportation of interstate trains, such duties constitute employment in interstate commerce. (New York Cent. R. Co. v. Porter, 249 U.S. 168, 63 L.Ed. 536; New York Cent. R. Co. v. Winfield, 244 U.S. 147, 61 L.Ed. 1045; Philadelphia B. & W. R. Co. v. Smith, 250 U.S. 101, 63 L.E......
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    • May 2, 1939
    ...648, 57 L. Ed. 1125; Norfolk & W. Ry. Co. v. Holbrook, 235 U.S. 625, 35 Sup. Ct. 143, 59 L. Ed. 392; New York C. Ry. Co. v. Porter, 249 U.S. 168, 39 Sup. Ct. 188, 63 L. Ed. 536; Grand Trunk Railroad Co. v. Knapp, 233 Fed. 950; O'Dell v. St. Louis-S.F. Ry. Co., 281 S.W. 456; Carter v. St......
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    • United States
    • Supreme Judicial Court of Maine (US)
    • May 24, 1939
    ...Chicago, R. I. & P. Ry. Co., 1918, 183 Iowa 1212, 168 N.W. 339, about to straighten poles; New York Cent. R. R. Co. v. Porter, 1919, 249 U.S. 168, 39 S.Ct. 188, 63 L.Ed. 536, shovelling snow from tracks; Culp v. Atlantic City R. R, 1919, 93 N.J.L. 244, 110 A. 115, painting baggage room;......
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