RESPONDENT:Norge Division of Magic Chef, Inc.
LOCATION:United States Catholic Conference
DOCKET NO.: 87-259
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
CITATION: 486 US 399 (1988)
ARGUED: Mar 23, 1988
DECIDED: Jun 06, 1988
Charles C. Jackson – on behalf of the respondent
Paul Alan Levy – on behalf of the petitioner
Media for Lingle v. Norge Division of Magic Chef, Inc.
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – June 06, 1988 in Lingle v. Norge Division of Magic Chef, Inc.
William H. Rehnquist:
The opinions of the Court in three cases, Lingle versus Norge Division of Magic Chef, Meyer against Grant, and McCoy versus Court of Appeals of Wisconsin will be announced by Justice Stevens.
John Paul Stevens:
In the first case, Lingle against Norge, which comes to us from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the petitioner was an employee who was discharged allegedly because she had filed a false workers’ compensation claim.
She had two remedies, one, under her collective-bargaining agreement for recovery for a discharge that violated the agreement and secondly, under the Illinois law that provides a remedy in such cases.
The Illinois’ suit was removed to the federal court where it was dismissed on the ground that the Illinois claim had been preempted by the existence of the collective-bargaining agreement, which is enforceable pursuant to a federal statute.
The Court of Appeals affirmed, and for reasons stated in an opinion announced, we reverse and hold that the state-law cause of action is not preempted by the federal remedy she had because it is not necessary to construe the collective-bargaining agreement in order to determine the merits of her state-law claim.
The second case, Meyer against Colorado, comes to us from the United States and our opinion is unanimous in that case.