This note examines Rutledge in view of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act and North Carolina precedent interpreting the Act in the occupational disease area. It focuses on whether the standard adopted by the court is consistent with precedent and the purposes of the Act. Finally, it considers the effect of this standard on the byssinosis victim in proving the necessary causation for a compensable occupational disease.
Sharon L. Hartman, Workers' Compensation - A Departure from Precedent or Past Error Corrected - Rutledge v. Tultex Corp./Kings Yarn, 7 Campbell L. Rev. 99 (1984).