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Plaintiff Lawyers Target Trucking Company Safety

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A recent study that explored the skyrocketing rise in jury awards against trucking companies went beyond the numbers to seek expert input on what fleets can do to protect themselves.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Four More Individuals Indicted in Staged Accidents Scam in La.

C.R. England truck The latest indictment in the staged accidents scam alleges that four defendants intentionally used a vehicle to stage an accident in October 2015 with a tractor-trailer owned by C.R. England. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Four others have been indicted in connection with a sweeping federal investigation into staged accidents with commercial vehicles in the New Orleans area.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nine More Individuals Indicted in Staged Accidents Scam in La.

Interstate 10 sign in Louisiana Most of the alleged staged accidents have taken place on Interstate 10 in the New Orleans area. (Joel Carillet/Getty Images)

Nine more people have been indicted in connection with a sweeping federal investigation into staged accidents with commercial vehicles in the New Orleans area.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Targets 'Nuclear' Verdicts

Courtroom scene Plaintiffs attorneys often use emotional arguments with juries when trying to win cases against trucking companies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

The trucking industry is making gains in its fight against the plaintiffs bar and the increasing size of jury verdicts levied against motor carriers, but those in the trenches say the battle is not over.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Breaking News

Southeastern Motor Freight Files RICO Lawsuit in La. Staged Accidents Case

Gavel Southeastern Motor Freight alleges in the lawsuit that it was defrauded by attorney D. Patrick Keating of Nugent Keating law firm, saying Keating conspired with Damian Labeaud and Mario Solomon in two June 2017 staged accidents. (Getty Images)

A New Orleans motor carrier has filed a federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act civil lawsuit against a New Orleans attorney and two convicted participants in a pair of staged accidents with tractor-trailers in 2017.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Ringleader Pleads Guilty in Connection With Staged La. Accidents

Gavel The accidents were staged in the New Orleans area. (Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images)

The ringleader of a New Orleans-area group that staged accidents with unsuspecting tractor-trailer drivers has pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Louisiana Passes Legislation Aimed at Significant Tort Reform

Randy Guillot, John Bel Edwards, Chris Spear, Greg Morrison ATA Chairman Randy Guillot (from left), Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, ATA President Chris Spear, and Quality Transport Inc. VP Greg Morrison met in February to discuss trucking industry issues. (TT File Photo)

Louisiana lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at helping the state’s truckers fight off excessive jury verdicts in court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 2, 2020
Safety

Unlocking a Fair Rate: Reduce Insurance with Effective Driver Management

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Insurance costs have been rising by double digits year-over-year, and with profit margins in the trucking industry averaging out at 5%, these cost increases are devastating. Learn from Hayden Cardiff, Founder/Co-CEO of Idelic, and Chris Vogel, Senior Vice President of Cottingham & Butler, Inc.,  as they discuss what insurance providers are really looking for.

June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Panel Approves Amendment to Raise Minimum Liability Insurance for Carriers to $2 Million

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A measure that would increase from $750,000 to $2 million the minimum liability insurance requirement for commercial motor vehicles was approved by a House panel and included in a recent highway funding bill.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nuclear Jury Awards Against Truckers on the Rise, ATRI Study Shows

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In the past five years there were nearly 300 court cases resulting in jury verdicts over $1 million against trucking fleets, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute analysis made public on June 23.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 24, 2020

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