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Woods v. Union Pac. R.R. Co., B186044

In a negligence action filed under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) and the Federal Safety Appliance Act (SAA), grant of a directed verdict in favor of defendant-railroad is affirmed where: 1) FELA liability cannot be premised on a violation of the SAA, since, as a matter of law, the SAA and its regulations did not prohibit the use of vertical handholds on a railcar in combination with horizontal handholds; and 2) directed verdict for defendant was proper as substantial evidence in the record did not support a basis, independent of the SAA, for the negligence claim.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/28/2008
  • Published 04/28/2008


  • JACKSON, J.*


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Girardi & Keese, John A. Girardi, Los Angeles, and V. Andre Sherman, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Michael Whitcomb, Monterey Park, and David M. Pickett, for Defendant and Respondent.
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