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|Canada Chairs a Busy Arctic Council|
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 27, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013At the last Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, held in Kiruna, Sweden, on May 15, 2013, the Council adopted its second international agreement, the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic. In brief, the Agreement requires each State Party to...
|Petitioner Prevails in Alleged Traumatic Injury Claim Even Though Pleadings Were Filed as Occupational In Nature|
John H. Geaney; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
December 23, 2013, previously published on December 20, 2013It is not uncommon for a claimant to file an occupational disease claim but then at trial attempt to prove a case that is much more like a traumatic injury claim. The reverse is also sometimes true. How do courts treat these shifting proofs?
|Smooth Sailing While on Michigan Highways|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013All drivers on public roads must obey the traffic laws. When you’re driving a commercial motor vehicle loaded with farm products for use on your farm, there are additional traffic laws that you will need to obey to keep things running smoothly.
|Pennsylvania: Gas Taxes Increased To Fund Transportation Spending Bill|
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone, Jeremy J. Schirra; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently signed into law a transportation infrastructure spending plan (H.B. 1060) that will pump billions of dollars into the state’s transportation system, funded in part by phasing out a cap on the oil company franchise tax.
|PA House Bill 1060 Passes 113-85; Governor Corbett Gets Transportation Bill for Signature, Ending Legislative Parrying on Taxes, Prevailing Wage|
Linda T. Ambroso; Leech Tishman;
November 28, 2013, previously published on November 21, 2013After months of negotiating and lobbying in the House and Senate, on Thursday, November 21, Governor Tom Corbett received a transportation bill for his signature that provides up to $2.4 billion over five years to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and mass transit systems.
|Preservation of Secured Creditor Liens in Bankruptcy - Be Careful What You Do|
David L. Gay; Berger Singerman LLP;
November 28, 2013, previously published on November 2013The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has again weighed in on the issue of what a secured creditor is, or more aptly, is not required to do in regard a bankruptcy case to preserve its lien on a debtor’s property. In the recent case of Acceptance Loan Company, Inc. v. S. White Transportation,...
|Changes to Virginia Certifications for Escort Vehicle Drivers|
John R. Lockard; Vandeventer Black LLP;
November 28, 2013, previously published on November 2013Many oversize and overweight vehicle permits issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and individual localities require that an escort vehicle accompany the vehicle hauling the load. The driver of an escort vehicle is required to have a certification. The lack of a certified escort...
|Proposed Steamship Alliance Could Impact Global Shipping Market|
Carlos Rodriguez; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 25, 2013, previously published on November 21, 2013An important vessel sharing agreement by three of the world’s largest steamship companies serving Asia, Europe and the United States has been submitted to the Federal Maritime Commission for approval. The net effect of this filing, if gone unchallenged, would be to provide these three...
|Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and the Maryland Department of Transportation|
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
November 15, 2013, previously published on November 6, 2013As part of determining whether a company is eligible for certification as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), must the company be considered an independent business?
|Virginia Supreme Court Rules in Favor of $2.1 Billion P3 Project|
November 13, 2013, previously published on November 12, 2013On October 31, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously overruled a lower court’s decision to strike down the Virginia Public Private Transportation Act (“P3”)