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|Michigan: Governor Signs the State’s Largest Investment in Transportation Funding in 50 Years|
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 8, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2015Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills “implementing the state’s legislative solution to infrastructure funding.” This leaves “Michiganders [with] safer roads and stronger bridges to travel on...Now we have a commonsense plan of action to improve our roads and make...
|Motor Carrier's Self-Reporting Policy Violates the ADA|
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
November 12, 2015, previously published on November 2015A for-hire motor carrier company’s self-reporting policy ventured past the Department of Transportation’s regulations on safety sensitive jobs and into territory governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a Federal District Court in Arkansas stated in EEOC v. Old Dominion...
|UBER: and the New ‘Gig’ Economy: What are the Implications for the Future?|
Mark E. Geiger; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2015In the last few months all of us have become aware of Uber and its entrance into the “passenger courier” business. In many cities throughout the world including Toronto, Uber has established a network of allegedly independent drivers who receive orders from Uber, pick up clients in...
|D.C. Commuter Benefits Are Almost Here: Employers Must Comply by January 1|
Vicki M. Nielsen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 9, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015Employers with 20 or more employees working in the District of Columbia have fewer than 90 days to comply with a new law that requires them to offer commuter benefits to employees by January 1, 2016. Washington, D.C. is one of several cities and regions that have recently passed mandatory commuter...
|Weather Changes in PA Increases Risk of Accidents|
Caroselli Beachler McTiernan Coleman LLC;
November 4, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015Weather conditions can create dangerous situations for drivers, raising their risk of getting into a car accident.
|Forum Non Conveniens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense ApproacForum Non Conveniens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense Approach|
Jason T. LaRocco, Michael J. Needleman; Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.;
October 30, 2015A motor vehicle accident occurs in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and almost of the witnesses and medical records are located there as well. Nevertheless, the Complaint was filed nearly 100 miles away in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. In fact, it appears that the only connection to...
|Driving Change: What Do Ontaro and Alberta Decisions Mean for BC's Uber?|
Glen Krueger; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015In November 2012 the province’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) effectively shut down Uber’s service in British Columbia. This was done by enforcing the provincially mandated $75 minimum rate for limousines. As a result, Uber simply shut down operations. However, recent court...
|Preparing the Truck Driver for His Deposition|
Heidi Ruckman; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015The deposition of a truck driver is an integral part of the litigation process. A recent article in the American Trial Lawyer noted that "the deposition of the professional truck driver in a truck crash is one of the most vitally important phases of the entire litigation. The outcome of this...
|Surface Transportation Board Backs Railroad’s Denial of Service during Labor Dispute|
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has denied a petition by a Texas metal producer that, if approved, would have forced the Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) to restore rail service at the producer’s plant in the midst of an employee lockout. The STB is an economic and adjudicatory body...
|A Driver Shortage With No End In Sight|
Brian Smith; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015Trucking is essential to the U.S. economy. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), approximately 70% of all inland freight in the United States is carried by trucks. Accordingly, the trucking industry is vital to nearly every segment of the economy. As the economy grows, so too does...