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|U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Amtrak’s Regulatory Authority|
Christopher G. Foster; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
May 20, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015In 1970, Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act (RPSA), which was designed to aid in maintaining a national passenger railway system. The RPSA established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, which was intended to meet the national intercity railway needs. In...
|Time Running Out for Highway Fix|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015Somehow, Congress has found itself staring at yet another highway funding deadline without a long-term deal in place. They have until just the end of this month to act, before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. But despite the deadline, lawmakers in both chambers and in both parties remain...
|PHMSA Adjusts LNG Facility Operator User Fees|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised its fee program paid by LNG facility operators to fund PHMSA’s LNG facility safety program. The fees will now be based on 1.6% of gas costs, implemented on a 10-tier...
|New LNG Tanker Tolls Approved for Widened Panama Canal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 5, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a new segment and tolling structure for LNG and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels passing through the Panama Canal. Tolls for LNG and LPG vessels will be based on cubic meters, whereas tolls for other vessels and tankers will...
|New Standards for Shipping Crude Oil, Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuel by Rail|
Susan G. Lafferty, David M. McCullough, Ryan R. Weiss, Shelley Wong; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
May 5, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015On Friday, May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for transporting flammable liquids in a continuous block of 20 or more tank cars or 35 or more tank cars loaded with a flammable liquid that are dispersed throughout a...
|Truckers Beware The "City Different"|
Paul T. Yarbrough; Hall & Evans, L.L.C.;
April 15, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015What in the world is going on in Santa Fe, New Mexico? This 400-year-old capital city is home to the nation's oldest church and other architectural treasures, incredible artworks, and a rich mixture of Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American cultures. Trying a case in Santa Fe is hard because you seem...
|Georgia's Transportation Bill Signals 2016 Tax Reform|
Stephen A. Burroughs, Jonathan A. Feldman; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015Following up on our coverage of Georgia tax reform, late last night the Georgia Assembly passed a committee substitute to the House’s Transportation Funding Bill, H.B. 170. The bill represents a compromise of the House and Senate proposals, establishing a 26-cents-per-gallon excise tax on...
|Venue: A Key Factor in Trucking Litigation|
Brad Keller; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015Venue can have a tremendous effect on litigation, with some believing it can occasionally be more important than any single fact in a case. Venue affects litigation in many ways, including the value of a claim and the convenience and expense of defending litigation.
|Review of New Illinois Laws: Transportation|
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015Speed Limits increased from 55 to 60 m.p.h. for heavy trucks and buses on Interstate highways in Cook County and the collar counties (S.B. 930, Sandoval-Oberweis—Moylan-DeLuca et al.), and to 70 m.p.h. for other vehicles on Interstate toll highways in urban districts (S.B. 2015,...
|Lessons from a Deposition: Insight into One Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Strategy for Establishing Broker Liability|
Michael Reda; HeplerBroom LLC;
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015As defense counsel in the trucking industry have seen in recent years, broker liability is a burgeoning area in which plaintiff’s attorneys are beginning to explore as a means to reach the elusive “deep pockets” of many of our broker clients. Much of the lure of broker liability...