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HTMLPHMSA Adjusts LNG Facility Operator User Fees
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015
The 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...


HTMLNew LNG Tanker Tolls Approved for Widened Panama Canal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015
The 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...


HTMLNew 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;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015
On 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...


HTMLTruckers Beware The "City Different"
Paul T. Yarbrough; Hall & Evans, L.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
What 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...


HTMLGeorgia's Transportation Bill Signals 2016 Tax Reform
Stephen A. Burroughs, Jonathan A. Feldman; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015
Following 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...


HTMLReview of New Illinois Laws: Transportation
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015
Speed 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,...


HTMLVenue: A Key Factor in Trucking Litigation
Brad Keller; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015
Venue 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.


HTMLLessons from a Deposition: Insight into One Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Strategy for Establishing Broker Liability
Michael Reda; HeplerBroom LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
As 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...


HTMLNJ Supreme Court Rules that Expert’s Report Properly Barred as Net Opinion Because Contradicted by Facts in Record
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
In Townsend v. Pierre, decided March 12, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed the net opinion rule in the context of an automobile accident negligence case. This case involved a tragic accident in which Alvin Townsend, a motorcyclist, was killed. He was travelling on Levitt Parkway and...


HTMLTransportation in Focus
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
The long running war between traditional taxis and upstarts like Uber has gotten even uglier. The public face of the taxis is its trade group - the Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association (TLPA) - and that trade group has hired a Bethesda, Maryland-based PR firm to create a media campaign...


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