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|Be Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming|
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014On 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...
|Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and Passengers|
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014Automakers 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...
|States Halt Purchase of Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails|
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014Missouri, 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...
|Market for Collision-Avoidance Technology Booms as Cars Become Smarter|
Lauren M. Loew; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Many 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...
|Special 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;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014Last 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...
|National Transportation Safety Board Procedures to Change: Comments Due by October 14, 2014|
Thomas W. Tobin; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014If 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...
|GAO Releases Report On Oil & Gas Transportation Infrastructure Including Safety Risks|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014Yesterday, 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...
|Trek Leather: A New Avenue for CBP Enforcement|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014The 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...
|Transportation in Focus|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014There 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.
|US and EU Tighten Sanctions against Russian Banks, Defense and Energy Sectors|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 13, 2014Yesterday, 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...