Byrd v. Blue Ridge Rural Electrical Cooperative

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Byrd v. Blue Ridge Rural Electrical Cooperative 356 U.S. 525 (1958) Fact: Operative Facts: Petitioner: North Carolina. Respondent: South Carolina Corporation. Byrd is a lineman in a construction crew of a construction contractor. One of the corporation’s defenses was that, under the South Carolina’s Worker comp. act, Byrd was a statutory employee of the corporation. Issue: Whether, this federal court is obligated to use state law. Rule : Federal courts in diversity cases are obligated to use state laws if the laws are bound up with rights and obligations in such a way that its application in the federal court is required. Rational: First, the state laws are not so substantial that they are trying to assert their right. The
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Unformatted text preview: law of the workers comp. that it should be decided by a jury or a judge, is merely a tradition on how things are done there, and so the federal courts do not need to apply those laws, if they have their own statutes. Also courts do not think that the factors that the outcome will change due to judge or jury pick, is so strong, to require the federal court to follow the state’s rule. Holding: Federal Courts only have to follows state court’s procedural laws if they are substantial to the state right’s and obligations. If they are only made out of procedural aspects, then it most likely does not need to be followed. Synthesis: Dissent/Concurrences:...
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