Sarah Snoeberger of Stuart Branigin Successful in Federal Court Jury Trial

Stuart & Branigin Lawyers | Lafayette, Indiana

A federal jury deliberated just over an hour before returning a verdict for CSX Transportation, Inc., in a case defended by Stuart & Branigin partner, Sarah Snoeberger. The jury trial of Benjamin Knipp v. CSX Transportation, Inc. began Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in the U.S. District Court of Indiana, Hammond Division, the Honorable Robert L. Miller presiding. On January 6, 2012, Mr. Knipp was the conductor of a CSXT freight train that was hit by another CSXT train near Westville, Indiana.  Four days later, he complained of a sore neck and back.  He missed approximately four months of work and filed suit under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, 45 U.S.C. §51, et. seq.  CSXT admitted negligence and defended the action by showing that Mr. Knipp was not injured in the incident. The 12-member jury deliberated for just over an hour before returning a verdict in favor of CSXT.

CSX Transportation, Inc. is a Class I railroad with 21,000 route miles of tracks in the United States.  Stuart & Branigin has a longstanding relationship with CSXT and handles all of its litigation in Indiana and part of Illinois.