Trucking Industry

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Can Technology Help Prevent Trucking Accident Fatalities?

Inattentive drivers cause accidents every day. When a truck is involved, those accidents often result in heavy property damage, serious injuries or fatalities. Recent annual Illinois crash data shows that tractor trailers...more

Autonomous Trucking and the Death of Driver Negligence?

The effect of AV technology on the commercial trucking sector will be profound. If Chauffeur were an ordinary truck driver, instead of a collection of lines of code, it would soon be eligible for membership in the coveted...more

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Taxpayer in Regency Transportation

On January 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its decision in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, finding against the taxpayer. The taxpayer in Regency was a trucking company that purchased...more

OSHRC Law Judge Orders Trial on Enterprise-Wide Hazard Abatement for Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational...more

Drive Carefully! Mandatory Random Substance Abuse Testing Of Truck Drivers To Be Cut In Half

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it is reducing by half the minimum percentage of drivers who must be randomly tested for controlled substances....more

Historic FMCSA E-Logging Rule Met With Immediate Challenge in the Seventh Circuit

In an action immediately challenged in court, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a long-anticipated rule (the “ELD Rule”) to require use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by all drivers...more

Employee Exclusion Applies to Independent Contractor Truck Driver

An auto insurer had no duty to defend a trucking company against an injured driver’s claim because the insurance policy excluded claims by “employees,” notwithstanding that the driver was technically an independent...more

An Update on Dilts v. Penske Logistics

In May 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in Dilts v. Penske Logistics, LLC. The 9th Circuit Dilts decision had reversed the District Court’s determination that the Federal Aviation...more

Unanticipated Site Conditions – Beware the Danger Below - Brad Gould Trucking & Excavating Ltd v Bird Construction Co, 2015 NBCA...

The recent New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision in Brad Gould Trucking & Excavating Ltd v Bird Construction Co, 2015 NBCA 47 [Brad Gould], serves as a warning to contractors that a failure to understand the contractual...more

November 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

PORT TRUCK DRIVERS FILE ANOTHER CLAIM AGAINST TRUCKING COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA FOR IC MISCLASSIFICATION. - Long Beach and Los Angeles port truckers, who allege that they have been misclassified as independent...more

President Declares “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

By Proclamation, President Obama has declared December 2015, to be “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.” 80 Fed. Reg. 75781 (December 3, 2015). The President declares that “no person should suffer the tragedy of...more

Truck-trailer Accidents – Getting to the basics

Those involved in trucking litigation have become all too familiar with catastrophic injury and loss of life resulting from 18 wheelers (tractor trailers) being operated by drivers impaired by chronic fatigue. Why do we...more

Commercial Trucking Accident – The tragedy of driver fatigue

There are few things more disturbing when traveling on Americas highways than passing by a horrible accident scene involving an 18 wheeler. The images of a minivan, crushed and twisted to the point of being barely...more

It’s Time to Review and Update Safety and Compliance Regimens – OSHA Penalties Set to Surge in 2016

For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been authorized to increase its civil penalties. The provision was inserted into the expansive Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With the November 20 deadline looming, Congress will focus much of this week on the surface transportation bill as House and Senate conferees try to quickly negotiate differences on H.R. 22...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2015

On September 29, 2015, OSHA issued its preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 cited standards for fiscal year 2015. The list was presented at the National Safety Council’s 2015 Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia by Patrick...more

Lower Oil and Gas Prices Met With an Uptick in Unpaid Overtime, Worker Misclassification, and Other Wage Suits

On Monday, the United States Energy Information Administration released a Drilling Productivity Report. The report projects that total oil output from seven major U.S. shale regions will fall by 118,000 barrels per day to...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19309 - Staton v. Commissioner of Correction - SC19195 - Campos v. Coleman - SC19195 Dissent - Campos v. Coleman - In a 4-3 split decision the Court insured that the cost of living will be going up in...more

NLRB Hands Employers a Win (Seriously!): GPS Tracking of Employee Upheld

It is no surprise that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been busy this summer establishing several principles that are frightening to employers. But in an unexpected turn of events, the NLRB Office of the General...more

House Passes Transportation Bill with Meal and Rest Break Implications

On November 5, 2015, the House of Representatives approved a transportation funding bill with an amendment that would reverse a 2014 Ninth Circuit decision that California's meal and rest break laws are not preempted under...more

Per Diems and the Regular Rate of Pay: What to Know for Your Overtime Calculation

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Sharp v. CGG Land (U.S.) Inc., No. 14-cv-0614 (October 19, 2015), recently ruled in favor of an employer that had excluded per diem payments from a...more

The EEOC's Battlecry: Cracking Down Hard on Religious Discrimination

On the heels of the biggest religious discrimination case in years, and in line with the EEOC's "hottest litigation trend" (according to David Lopez, General Counsel of the EEOC), the EEOC continued its charge against...more

Will the FDA’s Proposed Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food Apply to International Shipments?

Yes, the FDA’s Proposed Rule, required to be published by March 31, 2016, will apply to food shipments being transported into the U.S., directly, by motor or rail vehicle, or transferred onto a motor or rail vehicle for...more

California Court Deems Truck Drivers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Companies that classify workers as independent contractors are facing increasing scrutiny in court and before administrative agencies. A recent unpublished California Court of Appeal decision in a case titled Garcia v. Seacon...more

Food Safety Does Not Exist In A Vacuum, and Neither Do the FSMA’s Rules: What the New Rules on Preventive Controls for Human and...

On September 17, 2015 the FDA published the first two of its seven rules in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (the “FSMA”) regulatory scheme. The rules, which focus on Current Good Manufacturing Practices...more

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