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HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Sends 4-R Act Case Back to Lower Court for the Second Time
Michele Borens, Jonathan A. Feldman, Jeffrey A. Friedman, Todd A. Lard, Carley A. Roberts; Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
A day after issuing its decision in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc. The Court held that a rail carrier can show discrimination under subsection (b)(4) (“catchall provision”) of the Railroad...

 

HTMLLimited Tort Proof: Get the Signed Waiver Election Form!!
James D. Hilly; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (PAMVFRL) (75 Pa.C.S. § 1705) provides that a named insured may elect the “limited tort option,” subject to certain exceptions. An insured can choose to limit the right to sue for noneconomic damages (i.e., pain and...

 

HTMLRegulators Respond to Recent Crude by Rail Incidents: Ten Considerations Before Shipping Crude by Rail to Mitigate Exposure
Matt Gatewood, Susan G. Lafferty, David M. McCullough; Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
Last week’s derailments in West Virginia and Canada bring more scrutiny to the already heavily scrutinized shipment of crude by rail given the real-time media coverage of the incidents. Last Friday, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding...

 

HTMLEighth Circuit Upholds Exclusion Of Engineer’s Testimony On Ultimate Causation In Derailment Cases
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015
Following train derailments in 2007 and 2010, a railroad brought suit against a services company alleging that the services company negligently reconditioned certain railcar axles, which caused the axles to fail and the resulting derailments. At trial, the jury found in favor of the services...

 

HTMLFlorida’s Slavin Doctrine: Alive, Well and Expanding?
Amanda Parker Baggett, Cheryl Lynn Worman; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
In a recent opinion, the Fourth District Court of Appeal appears to have expanded the Slavin doctrine in the context of design professional liability. In McIntosh v. Progressive Design and Engineering, Inc. (Jan. 7, 2015), the plaintiff’s father was killed in a car accident as he attempted to...

 

HTMLThird Circuit Finds that the Federal Railroad Safety Act's Anti-Retaliation Provision Does Not Cover Employees Treated for Off-Duty Injuries
Douglas W. Hall; Ford Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015
Executive Summary: In a case of first impression with far-reaching implications for the railroad industry, the Third Circuit has held that the provision of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) prohibiting discipline of employees for "following orders or a treatment plan of a treating...

 

HTMLSupremes Leave PAGA Representative Claims Intact
David L. Cheng; Ford Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
Executive Summary: On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC v. Iskanian ("Iskanian"), a case which would have determined whether employees in California could continue to bring representative claims, despite the existence of...

 

HTMLIs Full-Time Telecommuting a Good or Bad Thing?
Eric J. Sinrod; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 16, 2014
For the longest time, many workers complained about commuting to work. On top of a long work day at the office, they also had to lose time while being stuck in traffic or commuting by other means. Between work and commuting, there was hardly any time in the day to do anything of personal benefit.

 

HTMLPresident’s Executive Action on Immigration - Content and Preliminary Analysis of What it Means for Businesses and Compliance
Laura Foote Reiff; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014
On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the...

 

HTMLSummary of AILA’s Monthly Check-In with “Charlie” (November Edition)
Cory A. Richards; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 26, 2014
On Nov. 7, 2014, the November 2014 Visa Bulletin was released. Shortly thereafter, on Nov. 13, 2014, AILA “checked in” with Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current trends and...

 


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