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|Distracted Driving Update|
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014Overview: A California Court of Appeal recently held that using a cell phone solely for its map function did not violate Vehicle Code section 23123. The court found that both the plain language of the statute and the legislative history showed that the law was meant to prohibit only talking on a...
|The New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act|
Andrew J. Turro; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014On March 17, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that made “technical corrections” to the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (the “Fair Play Act”). The Fair Play Act, which will go into effect on April 10, 2014, limits the scope and number...
|Industry Canada Introduces Online Search Tool for Railcar Security|
Jennifer Wasylyk; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 18, 2014In 2013, we provided an overview of the process for registering security interests over railcars or rolling stock in Canada and outlined several considerations to be mindful of when taking railcar security in Canada. Industry Canada has recently launched a new online search tool for railway...
|Check Your Car!|
Cody Jordan; Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014 How often do you do a quick check of your car? Check the break lights. Check the turn signal. Check the parking lights. Check the inspection and registration stickers. So on and so forth.
|Crowley’s Carib Energy to Supply LNG to Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Carib Energy, has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply containerized, U.S.-sourced LNG to its first industrial customer, Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers in Cayey and Club Caribe in Cidra, both wholly owned subsidiaries of CC1...
|High Court Blows the Whistle on Private Employers|
Joel Matthew Bagby, Kevin Koronka; Husch Blackwell LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court extended the whistle-blower protections provided in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to include employees of privately held companies that are contractors or subcontractors of a public company. The high court’s ruling in Lawson v. FMR LLC, marks a significant expansion of the...
|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...
|Obama Budget a Boon for DC Area Transit|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014President Obama’s budget was viewed as a win for advocates of increased transportation and infrastructure funding. While transportation in general was viewed as a winner, the DC metro area in particular received a boost from the Obama budget.
|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...
|Excelerate FLSOs Not Subject to Coast Guard Vessel Jurisdiction|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that Excelerate Liquefaction Solutions’ floating liquefaction storage and offloading units (FLSOs) proposed for the Lavaca Bay LNG terminal at the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort, Texas, are not vessels subject to Coast Guard vessel certification and...