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|“Quiet Car” Regulation Delayed|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
December 4, 2015, previously published on December 4, 2015The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is delaying a safety regulation that would require hybrid and electric vehicles to add audio alerts when driving at low speeds. The NHTSA claims that hybrid vehicles, which are known as “quiet cars” because they can be driven at...
|Motor Carrier's Self-Reporting Policy Violates the ADA|
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
November 12, 2015, previously published on November 2015A for-hire motor carrier company’s self-reporting policy ventured past the Department of Transportation’s regulations on safety sensitive jobs and into territory governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a Federal District Court in Arkansas stated in EEOC v. Old Dominion...
|UBER: and the New ‘Gig’ Economy: What are the Implications for the Future?|
Mark E. Geiger; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2015In the last few months all of us have become aware of Uber and its entrance into the “passenger courier” business. In many cities throughout the world including Toronto, Uber has established a network of allegedly independent drivers who receive orders from Uber, pick up clients in...
|D.C. Commuter Benefits Are Almost Here: Employers Must Comply by January 1|
Vicki M. Nielsen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 9, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015Employers with 20 or more employees working in the District of Columbia have fewer than 90 days to comply with a new law that requires them to offer commuter benefits to employees by January 1, 2016. Washington, D.C. is one of several cities and regions that have recently passed mandatory commuter...
|Weather Changes in PA Increases Risk of Accidents|
Caroselli Beachler McTiernan Coleman LLC;
November 4, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015Weather conditions can create dangerous situations for drivers, raising their risk of getting into a car accident.
|Forum Non Conveniens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense ApproacForum Non Conveniens in the Keystone State: A Common Sense Approach|
Jason T. LaRocco, Michael J. Needleman; Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.;
October 30, 2015A motor vehicle accident occurs in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and almost of the witnesses and medical records are located there as well. Nevertheless, the Complaint was filed nearly 100 miles away in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. In fact, it appears that the only connection to...
|Driving Change: What Do Ontaro and Alberta Decisions Mean for BC's Uber?|
Glen Krueger; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015In November 2012 the province’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) effectively shut down Uber’s service in British Columbia. This was done by enforcing the provincially mandated $75 minimum rate for limousines. As a result, Uber simply shut down operations. However, recent court...
|The Truck Driver: A Cornerstone of the Defense|
Mitchell Hedrick; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015Oh my God, what just happened? Where did that car come from? That was a really hard impact...Is the driver okay? Were there any passengers? Oh God, did I just hurt a kid? Do I need to do any first aid? Do I need to call the police or an ambulance? Did I do anything wrong? Am I going to get a...
|A Driver Shortage With No End In Sight|
Brian Smith; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015Trucking is essential to the U.S. economy. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), approximately 70% of all inland freight in the United States is carried by trucks. Accordingly, the trucking industry is vital to nearly every segment of the economy. As the economy grows, so too does...
|Preparing the Truck Driver for His Deposition|
Heidi Ruckman; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015The deposition of a truck driver is an integral part of the litigation process. A recent article in the American Trial Lawyer noted that "the deposition of the professional truck driver in a truck crash is one of the most vitally important phases of the entire litigation. The outcome of this...