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Transportation

  • September 26, 2014

    Japanese Shipper To Pay $68M In DOJ Price-Fixing Plea

    Japanese shipper Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., known as K-Line, will pay $67.7 million as part of a guilty plea for conspiring to fix prices on ocean shipping services for cars and other vehicles, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • September 25, 2014

    Judge Keeps Most Claims In UChicago Research Lab FCA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday retained most of a False Claims Act suit brought against UChicago Argonne LLC, including claims it overcharged the government for work at a research lab it runs under a U.S. Department of Energy contract and fired a whistleblower when he uncovered the scheme.

  • September 25, 2014

    Oil Industry Unveils Rail Transport Standards

    As federal regulators craft tighter restrictions for transporting oil by rail in the wake of several fiery derailments, the main trade group representing the U.S. oil industry on Thursday unveiled new, voluntary practices for testing and classifying crude oil shipped by rail and loading it into rail tank cars.

  • September 24, 2014

    Contractor Can Assert Workers' Comp Immunity: Fla. Court

    A Florida appeals court said Wednesday that highway maintenance contractor VMS Inc. could assert workers' compensation immunity in a negligence suit filed by a sub-subcontractor's employee because VMS had fulfilled its statutory duty by securing coverage for its subcontractor.

  • September 24, 2014

    Ind. Toll Road Operator Floats Deal With State Amid Ch. 11

    The private operator of the $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road on Tuesday sought an Illinois bankruptcy court's approval of an agreement with the Indiana Finance Authority that will allow it to continue operating the road uninterrupted during its Chapter 11 restructuring.

  • September 24, 2014

    MTA Faces $15.2B Funding Gap For 2015-19 Capital Plan

    New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday unveiled a $32 billion capital program for 2015-2019 that will expand the transportation network and repair existing infrastructure, but nearly half of it will not be covered by existing projected funds.

  • September 24, 2014

    JFK Contractor Settles Over Skycaps' 'Meager' Hourly Wages

    A John F. Kennedy International Airport contractor who for eight years paid skycaps "meager rates" below the state's minimum hourly wage has settled wage theft claims by agreeing to pay nearly $1 million in restitution and damages, New York's attorney general said on Wednesday.

  • September 23, 2014

    Sacramento 'Rubber-Stamped' Oil Transfer Plan, Enviros Say

    Earthjustice sued the air quality watchdog for the city of Sacramento, California, on Monday for allegedly “rubber-stamping” InterState Oil Co.’s request to transfer Bakken crude oil from railways to trucks without an environmental review or public process.

  • September 23, 2014

    RICO Claim Against Spirit Airlines Has Wings: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a proposed class action brought against Spirit Airlines Inc. alleging that the airliner hides flight-related fees, rejecting the district court’s finding that comprehensive federal regulation of the airline industry precluded civil claims brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • September 23, 2014

    Goldberg Segalla Adds Product Liability Attys To Philly Office

    Goldberg Segalla said Monday that it has bolstered its employment, product liability, and food and beverage practice groups with the addition of two Nicolson Law Group LLC attorneys who have experience in the insurance, life sciences, retail and transportation sectors.

  • September 23, 2014

    Audi, Volkswagen Pay $2.3M In Fees To End Engine Suit

    Volkswagen AG and Audi AG agreed to pay $2.3 million in attorneys’ fees and cover the costs of service repairs to end a putative class action alleging certain Audi A4 and A5 cars have defective engines that burn too much oil, according to a Monday filing in California federal court.

  • September 23, 2014

    Commerce Sets 1st Duties On Chinese Shipping Containers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday found that Chinese producers of large containers used in road and railway shipping industries have benefited from illegal government subsidies, clearing the way for early-phase countervailing duties on the products ranging up to 10 percent.

  • September 22, 2014

    Fla. Judge Finds For Airline In Suit Over Midair Stroke

    A Florida federal judge found in favor of a Caribbean Airlines Ltd. crew when she ruled that their actions in response to a passenger's onboard stroke could not be considered an accident under the Montreal Convention and the airline is not liable for damages.

  • September 22, 2014

    Northeast Transit Agencies Share $3.6B in Post-Sandy Relief

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday allocated $3.6 billion in disaster relief money to make public transportation systems more resilient, targeting Northeastern states slammed by Hurricane Sandy.

  • September 22, 2014

    Public-Private Partnerships No Cure-All, House Report Says

    A House transportation panel report has concluded that public-private partnerships, while beneficial, are no substitute for robust federal funding commitment to improve the country’s infrastructure.

  • September 22, 2014

    Truckers, Cities Back Ala. In High Court Rail Fuel Tax Row

    Several Alabama cities and counties, the American Trucking Associations Inc. and the Multistate Tax Committee have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an Eleventh Circuit ruling, saying an Alabama diesel fuel tax discriminates against rail carriers because motor and water carriers are exempted.

  • September 22, 2014

    Indiana Toll Road Operator Files For Ch. 11 With $6B In Debt

    The operator of the $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road on Monday filed for Chapter 11 protection in Illinois bankruptcy court, saying it intends to sell its assets to pay its creditors the more than $6 billion it owes.

  • September 22, 2014

    Amtrak Wants $500M From Insurers For Sandy Coverage

    Amtrak has filed suit against a number of insurers in New York federal court to recoup the total $504 million in losses the rail giant claims to have suffered from Superstorm Sandy, telling the court it has only received $30 million in compensation from the insurers thus far.

  • September 22, 2014

    GSA Didn't Exceed Authority In Freighter Audits, Judge Rules

    A D.C. federal court on Monday granted the General Services Administration's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by an industry group of motor carriers, saying that contrary to their complaint, the GSA is authorized to audit projects for which it has already paid money and request refunds if it finds overpayment.

  • September 22, 2014

    Union Reps Stiffed United Pilots In Deal, 7th Circ. Told

    Two United Airlines Inc. pilots on Monday urged the Seventh Circuit to revive their proposed class action alleging they were shortchanged on pay in a union pact following United’s 2010 merger with Continental Airlines, arguing their own union representatives had discriminated against them.