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|Registering Security Interests Over Railcars or Rolling Stock in Canada - Introduction of Online Deposit Function|
Jennifer Wasylyk; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
November 15, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014As outlined in previous e-lerts, the registration of security agreements, leases and other documents relating to railcars in Canada is governed by the Canada Transportation Act 1 (the “CTA”). Registration of a document associated with railways or rolling stock under the CTA is intended...
|Be Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming|
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014On October 27, 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board (the Board) and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) approved a recommendation that would amount to a significant change in the medical regulations if the recommendation were to become...
|Ohio: Air Transportation Operator is Not a Public Utility and Not Entitled to Exemption from Sales Tax|
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (Board) recently determined in Epic Aviation, LLC v. Testa (Case No. 2012-1557) that an air transportation operator’s purchases of fuel were not exempt from Ohio sales tax because such company was not using or consuming the fuel “directly in the rendition...
|National Transportation Safety Board Procedures to Change: Comments Due by October 14, 2014|
Thomas W. Tobin; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014If you have participated in the investigation of a major transportation calamity, you are likely familiar with the bold yellow lettering on the blue jackets of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators. These are the folks charged with determining the probable cause of many...
|Trek Leather: A New Avenue for CBP Enforcement|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in U.S. v. Trek Leather, Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri invites U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase its enforcement and penalty activities and serves as a warning that should encourage enhanced import...
|GAO Releases Report On Oil & Gas Transportation Infrastructure Including Safety Risks|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on its review of U.S. oil and gas transportation infrastructure issues. Specifically, the report examines the overall challenges that increased domestic oil and gas production may pose for transportation infrastructure, as well...
|Small Vessel General Permit Goes into Effect|
Jeanne M. Grasso, John D. Kimball, Gregory F. Linsin, Jonathan K. Waldron, Alan M. Weigel; Blank Rome LLP;
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 2014On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced the issuance of the final Small Vessel General Permit (“sVGP”) (the "Notice"). The sVGP will apply to non-military, commercial vessels that are less than 79 feet in length. Compliance...
|Transportation in Focus|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014There was a time when Republicans wanted to cut funding for Amtrak entirely. They are not going that far now in hopes of keeping a bipartisan coalition together to reauthorize the national passenger rail network. But they are proposing to cut it by 40 percent.
|US and EU Tighten Sanctions against Russian Banks, Defense and Energy Sectors|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 13, 2014Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced increased economic sanctions against Russia, including measures against Russia’s largest bank ¿ Sberbank Russia ¿ as well as several state-owned defense technology companies and five energy...
|U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Shipping of U.S. LNG Exports|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing this week on the status of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The hearing focused on H.R. 5270, the bipartisan “Growing American Shipping Act” or GAS Act, which would promote the export...