Legislators Push Repeal Of Rail Antitrust Exemptions

Law360, New York (January 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. legislators have reintroduced bills in Congress to repeal long-standing antitrust exemptions for railroad companies, saying that industry consolidation has resulted in unreliable service and exorbitant fees.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., said Wednesday that they reintroduced the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The two lawmakers say that railroads are abusing their dominant market power and raising rates for those who rely on them to ship dozens of commodities.

“Freight railroads have the...
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