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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins
Citation:304 U.S. 64 (1938)
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Plaintiff, Tompkins, was walking alongside a railroad. A passing train owned by Defendant, Erie Railroad Company, struck and injured Plaintiff. Pennsylvania law was more favorable to Defendant, and Plaintiff had a better chance of success if federal general common law were applied. So, Plaintiff sued in a federal district court.
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