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Southern Pacific Co. v. Industrial Acc. Comm'n, 251 U.S. 259 (1920)

Southern Pacific Co. v. Industrial

Accident Commission of California

No. 118

Submitted December 18, 1919

Decided January 5, 1920

251 U.S. 259


Certiorari is the proper means of reviewing a judgment of a state court affirming an award against a railroad company under a workmen's compensation law where the federal question upon which the applicability, as distinct from the validity, of that law depends is whether the injured employee was engaged in interstate commerce. P. 251 U. S. 262.

A lineman engaged in the necessary work of wiping the insulators supporting a main wire, in use at the time as a conductor of electricity which, flowing from it through a transformer, and thence along the trolley-wires of a railroad, moved cars in interstate and intrastate commerce, held employed in interstate commerce within the Federal Employers' Liability Act. Id.

178 Cal. 20 reversed.

The case is stated in the opinion.

Page 251 U. S. 262

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