Government, Business, Safety

New Orleans Attorney Indicted in Staged-Accident Scam

New Orleans highway sign ablokhin/Getty Images

A previously unidentified New Orleans attorney alleged to be a co-conspirator in a sweeping federal investigation into staged accidents with tractor-trailers was named in a Nov. 5 federal indictment for his alleged role in the conspiracy.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 5, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Ex-Uber Engineer Anthony Levandowski Publicly Rebuts Theft Claims

Arthur Levadowski Uber technology Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski broke his long silence about allegations that he stole driverless vehicle technology from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit to say that he didn’t do it.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2019
Government, Business

Amazon Fails to Get Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Tossed

Amazon Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News failed to dodge a lawsuit that accused it of trying to trick shoppers into thinking it was an authorized reseller of Williams-Sonoma products.

Robert Burnson | Bloomberg News
May 3, 2019

Falcon Transport Faces Employee Lawsuit After Closure

Falcon Transport truck Falcon Transport was bought by Los Angeles-based CounterPoint Capital Partners on Sept. 29, 2017. (TT file photo)

A Youngstown, Ohio-based trucking company laid off about 550 employees on April 27, only a year and a half after being purchased by a Los Angeles investment firm, and is now facing an employee lawsuit.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Judge in New Orleans Dismisses Alleged ‘Staged Accident’ Lawsuit

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)

At the request of the plaintiffs, a federal judge in New Orleans dismissed a civil lawsuit April 8 involving a truck accident that was similar to numerous others that the trucking company defendants said are under investigation by federal law enforcement for being staged by the alleged victims.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 4, 2019
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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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.

October 24, 2018