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HTMLExcelerate FLSOs Not Subject to Coast Guard Vessel Jurisdiction
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 11, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014
The 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...


HTMLFederal Agency Proposes Clearinghouse for Commercial Driver Drug Test Results
Charles S. Plumb; McAfee & Taft A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
Employers who hire commercial drivers may not know if an applicant under consideration has a past history of positive drug or alcohol tests. Currently, the employer can only rely on information about earlier test results that is volunteered by the individual applying for the driving job. If a new...


HTMLDistracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just...


HTMLPlanes, Trains and Automobiles...And Factories, Refineries, And Power Plants? Court to Hear Challenge to Expansion of Greenhouse Gas Regulations
Jason A. Flower, John M. Terry; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 24, 2014
As you’ve likely heard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now officially taken the position that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are fair game for regulation and in fact are required to be regulated under the Clean Air Act. While this development may be cheered by...


HTMLFELA Preempts State Law: FELA Worker Not Eligible for New York’s No Fault Insurance Benefits
Christopher J. Hoare; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 28, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014
In a recent New York State Court decision, Christin v. Metro North Commuter Railroad, et al., the court reaffirmed the FELA’s superiority over N.Y. State Insurance Law when it dismissed the lawsuit filed by a railroad worker who was injured while driving a railroad-owned truck in the course...


HTMLNew York State Passes Worker Misclassification Law for Commercial Transportation Industry
Eric Su; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014
On January 10, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (the Act), which becomes effective on March 11, 2014. As with the Construction Industry Fair Play Act enacted in 2010 and the more recent partnership between...


HTMLWhistleblower Law Protects Truck Drivers Who Report Safety Violations
David M. Buffo, Hannah Hemry; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (“STAA”) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against truck drivers for reporting safety violations. 29 U.S.C. § 31105. The STAA also protects an employee from termination for refusing to operate a...


Adobe PDFPennsylvania Joining Other States in Rebuilding Infrastructure
Frank M. Rapoport, Michael S. Zicherman; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 2014
With a newly enacted public-private partnership law in place, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has invited interested teams to submit their statements of qualifications (SOQs) to design, build, finance and maintain a portfolio of replacement bridges across the Commonwealth....


HTMLThe Seven Deadly C’s...Most Frequent Causes of Air Rage (Other Than Mental or Physical Illness and Prescription Medication Problems)
Mary F. Schiavo; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 29, 2014
As a frequent flier it is no surprise to me that the International Air Transport Association reported that the number of incidents involving unruly passengers has increased 12-fold in the past four years. However, the statistics do not tell the full story. Not everyone who boards a plane loses...


HTMLMaryland Shortlists Teams on Purple Line P3 Rail Project
Jason C. Tomasulo; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 17, 2014
The Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) recently announced that four of the six teams that submitted qualification statements will be permitted to submit proposals to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Purple Line light rail public private...


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