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Consolidated Rail Corp. v. Gottshall
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James Gottshall (plaintiff) sued his employer, Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) (defendant), under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) after Gottshall developed severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder following an episode in which a coworker died of a heart attack. Alan Carlisle (plaintiff) also sued Conrail under FELA after suffering from a nervous breakdown and depression following a period in which Carlisle was subjected to long working hours in a stressful environment.A jury found in Carlisle’s favor. On appeal, the Third Circuit affirmed, concluding that Carlisle’s injury was genuine and foreseeable and that Conrail’s stressful work environment constituted a breach of its duty to maintain a safe workplace. Conrail petitioned the Supreme Court for certiorari regarding both decisions of the Third Circuit.
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