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HTMLBe Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014
On October 27, 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board (the Board) and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) approved a recommendation that would amount to a significant change in the medical regulations if the recommendation were to become...


HTMLAir Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and Passengers
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
Automakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to allegedly defective air bags which shoot out metal shards when they activate, severely injuring drivers and passengers. The alleged faulty air bags are manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., whose stock shares The New York Times reports...


HTMLStates Halt Purchase of Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014
Missouri, Nevada, and Massachusetts have put on hold purchases and installations of the Trinity ET-Plus system guardrails due to concerns that the guardrails are actually dangerous. As reported by the New York Times, the guardrails have allegedly contributed to at least 14 accidents, resulting in...


HTMLMarket for Collision-Avoidance Technology Booms as Cars Become Smarter
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
Many mass-market vehicles include sensors and cameras to assist motorists with parking and backing up, and some models even include lane change assist and smart cruise control to maintain a safe distance from traffic ahead. According to IHS Automotive, the demand for collision avoidance technology...


HTMLSpecial Transportation & Infrastructure Panel Releases Report on Public-Private Partnerships
Diane J. Blagman, Robert S. Brams, Alais L. M. Griffin, Yosbel A. Ibarra, Jamey L. Tesler; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) released its final report and recommendations regarding how to improve the delivery, oversight, and transparency of P3s (Report). This Report comes at the...


HTMLNational Transportation Safety Board Procedures to Change: Comments Due by October 14, 2014
Thomas W. Tobin; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 22, 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...


HTMLGAO Releases Report On Oil & Gas Transportation Infrastructure Including Safety Risks
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on its review of U.S. oil and gas transportation infrastructure issues. Specifically, the report examines the overall challenges that increased domestic oil and gas production may pose for transportation infrastructure, as well...


HTMLTrek Leather: A New Avenue for CBP Enforcement
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in U.S. v. Trek Leather, Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri invites U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase its enforcement and penalty activities and serves as a warning that should encourage enhanced import...


HTMLTransportation in Focus
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014
There was a time when Republicans wanted to cut funding for Amtrak entirely. They are not going that far now in hopes of keeping a bipartisan coalition together to reauthorize the national passenger rail network. But they are proposing to cut it by 40 percent.


HTMLUS and EU Tighten Sanctions against Russian Banks, Defense and Energy Sectors
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 13, 2014
Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced increased economic sanctions against Russia, including measures against Russia’s largest bank ¿ Sberbank Russia ¿ as well as several state-owned defense technology companies and five energy...


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