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Adobe PDFSupreme Court Chides the Port of Los Angeles for Its Clean Truck Program
Sudhir Lay Burgaard; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 27, 2013, previously published on June 20, 2013
In American Trucking Ass’n, Inc. v City of Los Angeles, No. 11-798 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (“FAAAA”) expressly preempts two provisions of a concession agreement which trucking companies...


HTMLNHTSA Issues Long Awaited Policy Statement on Driverless Car Technology
Ryan S. Bewersdorf; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 14, 2013, previously published on June 13, 2013
On May 30, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) introduced its long awaited policy statement on driverless car technology. According to NHTSA, driverless car technology has “captured the nation’s attention.” Until today (other than a...


Adobe PDFDOT Issues New Guidance on Compliance with Its Disability and Passenger Rights Rules
Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 13, 2013, previously published on June 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued three guidance documents on compliance with DOT's Disability and Passenger Rights rules. We have included the applicable documents and have provided a brief summary of each below.


HTMLIs a Freight Forwarder a “Merchant” Under a Bill of Lading?
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2013, previously published on June 7, 2013
In the liner trade, carriers purport to bind a wide range of parties to the terms and conditions of their Bills of Lading by defining the “Merchant” with whom they purport to contract very broadly. It is safe to assume that the shippers, consignees and endorsees listed on Bills of...


HTMLFMCSA Warns About Using Auto GPS Systems in Trucks
Calvin R. Stead; Borton Petrini, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2013, previously published on Summer 2013
As many as 80% of bridge strikes in New York state result from large vehicles whose drivers do not use the right navigation devices, according to a 2009 study. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun distributing visor cards for commercial vehicle operators warning...


HTMLDowned Interstate Bridge Evokes Recent Memories, Raises Questions
Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2013, previously published on May 28, 2013
It might not seem that long ago to many Connecticut drivers and other motorists across the country that the drama relating to a fatal bridge collapse on the Mississippi River in Minnesota was playing out on their television screens. The fall of that structure in 2007 brought about the deaths of 13...


Adobe PDFDOT’s New Passenger Protection Rule Expected July 15, 2013
Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2013, previously published on May 2013
DOT announced yesterday at the fourth meeting of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection that its Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be issued on July 15, 2013. In addition, the Final Rule on Accessibility of Carrier Websites and Ticket...


HTMLLiability for a Shipment of Food or Pharmaceuticals That Is or May Be Contaminated or Adulterated
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 2013
There has been a recent increase in cargo loss and damage litigation involving food products (and other cargo, such as high value pharmaceuticals), traveling in trailers, in which the seal on such a load has either broken or malfunctioned. At the docks, this phenomenon is manifested by consignees...


HTMLSelf-Driving Cars, Advanced Vehicle Technology the Focus at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation ("Committee") held a hearing yesterday, May 15, 2013, entitled "The Road Ahead: Advanced Vehicle Technology and its Implications."


HTMLFMCSA Expands Hours of Service Exemptions for Farmers
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") promulgates regulatory exemptions for the "transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies" and for "covered farm vehicles" and their drivers. Effective March 14, 2013, the FMCSA adopted a rule that...


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