Business, Safety

New Twist in Alleged ‘Staged Accident’ Case as Trial Postponed

Interstate 10 in New Orleans A stretch of Interstate 10 in New Orleans, near where a disputed accident involving Whitestone Transportation is alleged to have occurred. (Google Maps)

A federal judge in New Orleans has postponed a civil trial involving a trucking accident lawsuit after the plaintiffs, who in court documents called themselves victims of the accident, filed affidavits asserting their Fifth Amendment rights to not incriminate themselves at trial due to a possible “ongoing criminal investigation” into the accident.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 18, 2019
Business, Safety

Fleets on Alert for 'Staged Accidents' as Spotlight Falls on Louisiana Trial

New Orleans Trucking Lawsuit Interstate 10 in New Orleans passing over Lake Charles/Calcasieu River. ( Wikicommons)

Fender benders on the interstates in and around New Orleans are as common as a homemade bowl of jambalaya for lunch. But an accident on Interstate 10 at Milepost 238 on Nov. 17, 2017, seemed a little strange, as truck driver Robert Runnels recalls it.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Fiat Chrysler Said to Settle Civil Suit on Diesel-Emissions Violations

Trucks Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department, which alleged some of its diesel-powered vehicles violated clean-air rules, a person familiar with the matter said.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Top 100

Arkansas Sleeper Berth Case ‘an Outlier,’ Attorneys Say

Sleeper Berth Case A Freightliner Classic sleeper berth. (SelecTrucks)

A decision last month by a federal judge in Arkansas that truck drivers are entitled to compensation for time in the sleeper berth was preceded by two federal cases that resulted in legal rulings more favorable for carriers, including one that was affirmed by an appeals court.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

New York Says Exxon Misled Investors About Climate Risks

Exxon Mobil Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A few months ago lawyers for Exxon Mobil Corp. stood before a judge and told New York’s attorney general to “put up or shut up” after investigating the company’s public disclosures about climate change, saying it should sue the company or move on. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks that climate change poses to its operations.

Transport Topics Wire Services
October 24, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Trucking Companies Can Reap Big Recoveries in Small Claims

Does your trucking company write off thousands of dollars of small losses due to the negligence of other drivers? While small-dollar claims might not seem worth the hassle of collecting, they can add up quickly and amount to significant business losses.

Kelsea Eckert | Attorney at Law, Eckert & Associates, P.A.
August 13, 2018
Business, Safety

Carriers Should Be Involved in Drivers’ Decisions in Bad Weather, Attorneys Say

Snow Oregon DOT/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS — While the truck driver is by regulation the person to decide when to slow down or pull off to the side of the road in bad weather, it still is a good idea for motor carriers to assist drivers in making those decisions.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Guardrail Maker Wins Reversal of $663 Million Judgment

A pick-up truck hits the end of a guardrail head on during a slight angle crash test at Karco Engineering safety testing facility in Adelanto, Calif. Kevork Djansezian/Bloomberg News

Guardrail maker Trinity Industries Inc. won’t have to pay a $663 million judgment that was awarded in a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging the company defrauded the U.S. government with a faulty highway guardrail safety system.

Margaret Cronin Fisk and Chris Dolmetsch | Bloomberg News
October 3, 2017
Business, TCA

FedEx Files Suit Against Gun Club, Saying Stray Bullets Keep Landing on Property

Sharpe Shooters Outdoor Range

Sharpe Shooters’ neighbors on Gun Club Road in Augusta, Ga., have filed suit alleging the club’s safety devices are failing to prevent the escape of stray bullets.

The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
September 27, 2017

Appeals Court Blocks TransAm Trucking Satellite Communications Fee

TransAm Trucking

A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled in a class action case that TransAm Trucking Inc.'s leasing unit illegally charged owner-operators a $15 weekly fee to use the carrier’s satellite communications system.

Transport Topics
October 19, 2016