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Alaska Packers Assoc. v. Industrial Acc. Comm’n
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Palma (Plaintiff) was a nonresident alien who contracted with Alaska Packers Association (Defendant), an Alaska organization, to work in Alaska. The contract was made in San Francisco and stated that the parties stipulated to be bound by the workers’ compensation law of Alaska. While working in Alaska, the Plaintiff was injured there. After completing the contract and returning to California, he applied for workers’ compensation in California. As California law brought within the ambit of workers’ compensation all employment agreements made in California, the California Industrial Accident Commission (Plaintiff), ruling that Alaska’s law could not be asserted as a defense to Plaintiff’s claim, awarded him compensation. The Association (Defendant) appealed, arguing that Alaska law should have been applied under the Full Faith and Credit Clause. The California Supreme Court affirmed, and the U.S. Supreme Court granted review.
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