PREEMPTION (RAILROADS & LOCOMOTIVES) / Court Case – In motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), held: Locomotive Inspection Act held to preempt state contract claims based on allegations by Plaintiff Canadian Pacific Railway / user of locomotive against manufacturers of seats used in locomotive made by GE Transportation that the seats failed to meet contracted safety requirements. The Act, “manifests Congress’s intent ‘to occupy the entire field of regulating locomotive equipment’ and, as such, pre-empts any state laws or regulations which pertain ‘to the design, the construction and the material of every part of the locomotive and tender and of all appurtenances.’”

Del. & Hudson Ry. Co. v. Knoedler Mfrs., Inc., C.A. No. 11-314 Erie (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, August 1, 2013). Court-issued opinion available here.