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|National Transportation Safety Board Procedures to Change: Comments Due by October 14, 2014|
Thomas W. Tobin; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014 If 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...
|BNSF Railway to Increase Coal Shipments to Dairyland Facility|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014BNSF Railway has pledged to increase shipments of coal to the Genoa facility of Dairyland Power Cooperative. Dairyland is confident that the increased shipments will allow its Genoa facility to continue operating through the winter. The increase is due to pressure from the federal Surface...
|Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Opinion Allocating Financial Responsibility For April 2006 Texas Train Derailment|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014In an April 2006 train derailment near Dallas, much of a train’s cargo, which included tractors, copying machines, and other manufactured goods, was destroyed. The goods were manufactured in Japan, shipped across the Pacific, and loaded onto railcars in California. Following the derailment,...
|Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico|
Steven H. Hilfinger; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 2, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of the highlights that I took away from it.
|Sale of Self-Driving Cars to Consumers by 2025?|
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014More and more, self-driving cars are morphing from fantasy portrayed in futuristic societies to reality. Google’s autonomous prototype and California’s proposed regulations regarding the testing of self-driving cars on public roads demonstrate the increasing likelihood of self-driving...
|Unfair Railroad Fuel Taxation? U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear CSX Transportation Case|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 24, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Alabama Dept. of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., --- S. Ct. ---- (2014), on July 1, 2014. While the Court generally addresses the questions presented in the writ of certiorari if it decides to hear the case, the Court added a question of its own for...
|White House Initiative to Expand Public-Private Partnerships|
Alais L. M. Griffin, Jamey L. Tesler, David Veator; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 17, 2014, President Obama announced a new infrastructure investment initiative, the “Build America Investment Initiative.” Among other things, this program is designed to foster increased use of federal credit programs and public-private partnerships (P3s) by state and local...
|Court Dismisses Texas EquuSearch’s Challenge to FAA’s No-Fly Warning|
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 18 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed Texas EquuSearch’s challenge of the FAA’s directive that it stop flying search-and-rescue missions using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones. In doing so, the Appellate panel, siding with the Justice Department/FAA,...
|Proposed Bill a Win for Transportation Intermediaries|
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014Proposed House bill 4727 would create a so-called “national hiring standard” for motor carriers which would preclude states from imposing liability on anyone arranging for transportation of goods, i.e. transportation intermediaries such as shippers, brokers and freight forwarders. The...
|Bank Guarantees and Shipbuilding Contracts with Mainland Shipyards|
Bill Amos; Mayer Brown JSM;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014For a shipowner the process of buying a new vessel from a shipyard can be a hazardous venture, much riskier than buying an existing, second-hand vessel. This is because the shipowner has to part with millions of dollars “up front” to a shipyard/builder, by way of payment instalments to...