If a railroad worker wins his Federal Rail Safety Act complaint, the railroad has to pay all his attorney fees. But if a FRSA complaint fails, the railroad cannot recover any attorney fees or costs against the worker.

Administrative Law Judge Adele H. Odegard’s decision in Vason v. Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) explains why: unlike the NTSSA, the FRSA does not provide for any award of attorney fees on behalf of a railroad. So don’t let a railroad threaten you with the prospect of paying their attorney fees: it can never happen, even if your FRSA complaint fails.