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|DOT Revises the Standard Industry Fare Level for First Six Months of 2014|
Husch Blackwell LLP;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014The U.S. Department of Transportation recently revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates that are used to value an employee's personal use of a company aircraft, as required by the Internal Revenue Code Section 61 and the Federal Tax Regulations Section 1.61-21(g). The Department...
|Fourth Circuit’s Decision in Cargo Loss Case Should Be Wake-Up Call for Motor Carriers as to Limitation of Liability|
Jim Bryan; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
March 11, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014Motor carriers attempting to limit their liability for shipments of cargo should take note of a recent Fourth Circuit decision, ABB Inc.v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 721 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2013), that found in favor of a shipper because of an incomplete bill of lading. Motor carriers and shippers...
|Wyden Seeks “Fresh Thinking”|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014Newly minted Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) weighed in on infrastructure spending and the highway trust fund this week in a budget hearing with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. In remarks at the hearing, Chairman Wyden said:
|Foreign Air Carriers Must Adhere to a “Family Assistance Plan” in the Event of an Accident on American Soil Resulting in Major Loss of Life|
Gary A. Gardner, Tara J. Novack; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014Following the July 6, 2013, crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to assist passengers’ families in accordance with the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act of 1997 (the Act). The forerunner of the...
|Coast Guard Releases Draft Policy Letters on LNG Safety When Used as Ship Fuel|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 4, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice seeking public comment on two draft policy letters regarding safety measures for LNG when used as ship fuel. The first draft policy letter provides voluntary guidance for LNG fuel transfer operations on vessels using natural gas as fuel in U.S. waters, as well...
|Rate Case Returned to Surface Transportation Board for Review|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 4, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has decided that the Surface Transportation Board must revisit the arguments of BNSF Railway Company about how to allocate costs and revenues in the $345 million electric rate case involving Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Western...
|Truck Driver’s Evasive Maneuver Insufficient to Form Basis for Liability|
Christopher J. Hoare; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
February 28, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014A trucking company and its tractor trailer driver who avoided contact with the rear of a stopped vehicle by pulling into the adjoining lane without contacting with other vehicles was dismissed by summary judgment in the recent appellate decision of Matino et al. v. Tipton Trucking, LLC, A&L Harper...
|U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Guidance and Proposed Reporting Enhancements Offshore|
Michael K. Clare, Jeanne M. Grasso, Patricia M. O'Neill, Jonathan K. Waldron; Blank Rome LLP;
February 28, 2014, previously published on February 2014The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice of Availability and Request for Comments (“Notice”) on January 14, 2014 for a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (“NVIC”) that is intended to provide guidance for the identification and reporting of marine casualties and...
|A Boost for Entrepreneurs: Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned Businesses|
Elliot G. Hicks; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help disadvantaged entrepreneurs get started on the path of business...
|Amendment of 28 U.S.C. § 1441 Expands Number and Types of Admiralty Cases That May Be Removed from State to Federal Court|
Matthew S. Lejeune; Jones Walker LLP;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 201428 U.S.C. § 1333 provides that federal district courts "have original jurisdiction, exclusive of the courts of the States, of ... any civil action of admiralty or maritime jurisdiction, saving to suitors in all cases all other remedies to which they are entitled." The "saving to...