The Court decided one case this morning, Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products. In an opinion by Justice Thomas, the Court affirmed the Third Circuit by a vote of six to three. The Court held that petitioners’ state-law design-defect and failure-to-warn claims fall within the field of locomotive equipment regulation pre-empted by the Locomotive Inspection Act, as that field was defined in Napier v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co. Justice Kagan filed a concurring opinion. Justice Sotomayor filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, which Justices Ginsburg and Breyer joined.

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Recommended Citation: Kali Borkoski, Details on today’s opinion, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 29, 2012, 5:03 PM),