Burlington Northern Railroad Company v. Woods

PETITIONER: Burlington Northern Railroad Company
RESPONDENT: Woods
LOCATION: Wisconsin Eastern U.S. District Courthouse

DOCKET NO.: 85-1088
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1986-1987)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

CITATION: 480 US 1 (1987)
ARGUED: Nov 04, 1986
DECIDED: Feb 24, 1987

ADVOCATES:
James O. Haley - on behalf of Respondents
L. Vastine Stabler, Jr. - on behalf of Petitioner

Facts of the case

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Media for Burlington Northern Railroad Company v. Woods

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 04, 1986 in Burlington Northern Railroad Company v. Woods

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - February 24, 1987 in Burlington Northern Railroad Company v. Woods

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinions of the Court in No. 85-1088, Burlington Northern Railroad Company against Woods, and 85-1589, Iowa Mutual Insurance Company against Laplante will be announced by Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

In the Burlington Northern Railroad Company versus Woods case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit awarded respondent as successor appellees.

10% additional damages pursuant to Alabama's affirmance penalty statute.

We hold that this statute conflicts with Rule 38 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and therefore has no application to judgment entered by a Federal Courts sitting in diversity cases.

We thefore reverse the judgment below.