For no compensation, we helped protect the rights of railroad workers by working with Public Justice in a United States Supreme Court case.
We worked with Public Justice, a non-profit organization, in Norfolk & Western Railway Co. v. Ayers, a case that was argued in front of the United States Supreme Court in 2003. This case involved the rights of railroad workers who had been diagnosed with diseases related to asbestos to seek compensation. Public Justice, with our support and resources, convinced the court that a railroad worker who develops asbestosis should be able to obtain additional compensation in anticipation of developing cancers related to asbestos at a later date. We did not receive any compensation for the work that we performed in the case.
The opinion rendered by the court has substantially influenced several state courts across the United States. As a result, many people who have worked for railroads and were later been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases have had their rights protected.