Shippers Blast Rail Cos. Bid For Appeal On Evidence Issue

By Nadia Dreid (March 22, 2021, 10:20 PM EDT) -- The country's biggest rail giants can't put long-running antitrust multidistrict litigation on hold while they appeal a D.C. federal court's decision not to allow them to nix evidence that would give them "de facto" immunity, the shippers bringing the suit argue.

"This case is a teenager, almost ready to move out," the shippers told the court Friday in a 42-page brief laying out their case for why U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman should deny the bid for an interlocutory appeal. "[T]he case is nearly ready for trial. Certification would grind this progress to a halt and add a year or...

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