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Torts — Federal Employers’ Liability Act — Suit barred by prior settlement

In the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, James Harrison, appellant, filed suit against his employer, CSX Transportation, Inc. (“CSX”), appellee, under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (the “FELA”). Harrison alleged that he sustained an injury to his left knee after slipping in mud and falling on that knee while at work. CSX filed two motions for summary judgment, arguing that 1) Harrison’s claim was barred by a release that he executed in settlement of a prior FELA claim that he brought against CSX, and 2) CSX was not negligent. After a hearing on the motions, the court granted summary judgment in favor of CSX, finding that Harrison’s claim was barred by the release.

Harrison appeals, presenting one question for our review, which we have rephrased: Did the circuit court err by granting summary judgment in favor of CSX?

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