2018 US Code
Title 45 - Railroads
Chapter 2 - Liability for Injuries to Employees
Sec. 56 - Actions; limitation; concurrent jurisdiction of courts

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Citation 45 U.S.C. § 56 (2018)
Section Name §56. Actions; limitation; concurrent jurisdiction of courts
Section Text

No action shall be maintained under this chapter unless commenced within three years from the day the cause of action accrued.

Under this chapter an action may be brought in a district court of the United States, in the district of the residence of the defendant, or in which the cause of action arose, or in which the defendant shall be doing business at the time of commencing such action. The jurisdiction of the courts of the United States under this chapter shall be concurrent with that of the courts of the several States.

Source Credit

(Apr. 22, 1908, ch. 149, §6, 35 Stat. 66; Apr. 5, 1910, ch. 143, §1, 36 Stat. 291; Mar. 3, 1911, ch. 231, §291, 36 Stat. 1167; Aug. 11, 1939, ch. 685, §2, 53 Stat. 1404; June 25, 1948, ch. 646, §18, 62 Stat. 989.)

Editorial Notes CODIFICATION

The first par. of this section is from act Apr. 22, 1908.

The second par. of this section is from act Apr. 5, 1910.


1948—Act June 25, 1948, struck out provision in last sentence relating to removal of actions.

1939—Act Aug. 11, 1939, changed limitation in first sentence from two to three years.


"District court" substituted in text for "circuit court" to conform to act Mar. 3, 1911, which transferred powers and duties of circuit courts to district courts.


Act June 25, 1948, ch. 646, §38, 62 Stat. 992, provided that the amendment made by that act is effective Sept. 1, 1948.

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Title 45 - RAILROADS
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 45 - RAILROADS
Sec. 56 - Actions; limitation; concurrent jurisdiction of courts
Contains section 56
Date 2018
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 14, 2019
Positive Law No
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 35 Stat. 66
36 Stat. 291, 1167
53 Stat. 1404
62 Stat. 989, 992
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