Sens. Launch Bill To Boost Rail Freight Competition

Law360, San Francisco (March 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT) -- Two senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at eliminating the railroad industry's exemption from antitrust laws, which they say has increased shipping costs and reduced fairness and competition among railroads.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and David Vitter, R-La., said the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act would address so-called captive shipping, in which freight customers face higher shipping prices because they lack choices, according to a statement. If passed, the act will apply the same antitrust laws to railroads faced by other industries, which should result...
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