Harry G. Fuerst


The general doctrine on stare decisis is that when a court has once laid down a principle of law as applicable to a certain set of facts, it will adhere to that principle and apply it to all future cases, where the facts are substantially the same. Congress on August 11, 1939, amended the Federal Employers Liability Act, and by the sweep of the President's pen the old and archaic defense of assumption of risk was completely eliminated from the Act.