Supreme Court Says RRB Decisions Reviewable by Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a decision of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board is subjective to judicial review.

The 5-4 decision by the high court overturned an earlier ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The appeals court had determined that it lacked jurisdiction because the Railroad Retirement Act outlines a series of steps to appeal a retirement board decision.

Among those are an appeal to the retirement board itself.

However, the Supreme Court said the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act allows judicial review of retirement board decisions.

The case involved a Union Pacific worker who had had three requests for disability benefits rejected by the retirement board.

Although a fourth quest for the benefits was granted, the worker went to court to challenge the amount and start date of his benefits.

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