By Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor
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PHOENIX — Trucking companies with brokerage units should organize the two divisions separately, a panel of attorneys said at a recent meeting here.
The educational session was part of an American Trucking Associations conference for the group’s National Accounting & Finance Council in late June.
“The motor carrier’s assets are at risk if the brokerage and carrier names are the same,” said Andrew Light. “There are costs involved to incorporate the two separately, but they’re not too significant.”
In the current legal environment, plaintiffs and their lawyers seek to find as many defendants as possible for a given lawsuit, the lawyers said. Light said the easiest way for a trucking company to do brokerage is just to do it, without any separate legal organization.