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HTMLMichigan: Voters Reject Ballot Measure to Fix “The Sorry State of the Roads”
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 14, 2015
Michigan lawmakers voted to utilize a different mechanism to address the state’s desperately needed infrastructure funding: A ballot proposal. However, Michigan voters last week rejected Proposal 1 (Prop 1), which would have increased fuel taxes while removing the sales and use tax from fuel...


HTMLPhiladelphia Amtrak Train
James R. Brauchle, Mary F. Schiavo; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2015, previously published on May 13, 2015
Motley Rice transportation attorneys are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the fatal derailment of an Amtrak train on May 12, 2015, that killed eight passengers and seriously injured 140 more.


HTMLBill Passes U.S. House which Promotes Use of U.S. Flag Vessels for LNG Transport
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2015, previously published on May 20, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987), which, according to the bill’s co-author Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), among other things, “direct[s] the Secretary of Transportation to develop guidelines to promote the use of U.S. flag...


Adobe PDFU.S. Supreme Court Affirms Amtrak’s Regulatory Authority
Christopher G. Foster; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
In 1970, Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act (RPSA), which was designed to aid in maintaining a national passenger railway system. The RPSA established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, which was intended to meet the national intercity railway needs. In...


HTMLTime Running Out for Highway Fix
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015
Somehow, Congress has found itself staring at yet another highway funding deadline without a long-term deal in place. They have until just the end of this month to act, before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. But despite the deadline, lawmakers in both chambers and in both parties remain...


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...


HTMLEleventh Circuit Affirms Use of Deadly Force to Terminate High Speed Pursuit.
Leonard J. Dietzen, Zackery A. Scharlepp; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015
In the midst of an era filled with negative national press related to law enforcement’s use of deadly force, the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion recognizing the constitutionality of the use of lethal force to terminate high speed vehicle pursuits. “The use of deadly force...


HTMLTruckers Beware The "City Different"
Paul T. Yarbrough; Hall & Evans, LLC;
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...


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