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FERC Issues Declaratory Orders in Shell and Pivotal Proceedings Related to LNG Production Facilities

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued declaratory orders in response to two petitions, each seeking a jurisdictional determination under the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”)...more

Drive, He Said: When “Yes” Means “Don’t Shoot!”

Bad things can happen to innocent people, and sometimes the people responsible for them are judgment-proof. When that happens—and when the perpetrator also has potential coverage under an automobile or homeowners...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - September 2014

The Supreme Court is set to hear three state tax cases during its 2014-2015 term. The three cases, Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc.; Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne; and Direct...more

From the Transportation Archives: The Perfect Storm: The Parameters of a Successful “Act Of God” Defense in Freight Claims

Federal and state law have long established that a shipper cannot prevail in a freight claim against a carrier if an “Act of God” caused the freight damage, loss, or delay in question. This “Act of God” defense is available...more

ATVs on the Road - Insurance is a Must

The Court of Appeal, in Matheson v. Lewis, [2014 ONCA 542] recently held that an All Terrain Vehicle ("ATV") is an off-road vehicle that must be insured while on a roadway. The Plaintiff was injured in an accident as...more

The New Union-Organizing Tool - Embarrassment

Unions and other third parties have never before so heavily used public embarrassment as a means of organizing employees. The key to union organizing is to find a disgruntled employee who will serve as a leader and capitalize...more

Maxwell v Highway Hauliers – High Court Judgment Delivered – s54 does its work

The long awaited judgment of Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd [2014] HCA 33 was delivered by the High Court of Australia only moments ago....more

PHMSA Proposes Regulations Claimed to Make Business Easier for Retailers and Transporters and Finalizes a Regulation that Could...

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently published two proposed regulations that may positively affect retailers and transporters, if implemented as proposed. In addition, PHMSA finalized a...more

9th Cir. Finds FedEx Delivery Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors

Last week, the 9th Circuit held in two related cases from California and Oregon that FedEx misclassified approximately 2,600 delivery truck drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. The cases—Alexander v....more

Court Nixes Litigation Standards Set by Pathologists

What if a truck drivers' union tried to set standards for when juries could conclude that a driver was negligent in causing a motor vehicle wreck? Or what if a trucking company could defend its driver falling asleep at the...more

Sea Change: Ninth Circuit Holds That FedEx Drivers Are Employees — Not Independent Contractors

The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the nearly decade long misclassification dispute between FedEx and its drivers, holding that drivers in California (as well as in Oregon) are FedEx employees, not independent contractors. ...more

The Pros and Cons of Employment Arbitration Agreements

In recent years, the area governing employment arbitration agreements has evolved rapidly. That evolution accelerated in June, when the California Supreme Court issued a watershed decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation,...more

August 2014 Monthly Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline development are the seismic decisions, issued on August 27, 2014 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, concluding as a matter of law that FedEx Ground had misclassified over 2,300 drivers...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court, Rules FedEx Drivers in California and Oregon are Employees

Last week the Ninth Circuit issued a pair of decisions in the nearly-decade long misclassification dispute between FedEx and its drivers, with the Court of Appeals ruling that drivers in California and Oregon are FedEx...more

An Update of Flow Control Jurisprudence since United Haulers

Since United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, 550 U.S. 330, 344 (2007), most courts have upheld local flow control ordinances as constitutional under that holding. ...more

Transportation Employers, Can You Survive The Federal Audit “Tag Team”?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are tag-teaming transportation employers. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agree to share...more

Fake Affiliate Registrations Can Trigger RICO Claims

The Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 U.S.C. § 1962) is a federal civil and criminal statute originally designed to thwart organized crime. It has been previously used to prosecute, among others,...more

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices....more

Flash No. 41: How The NLRB and 2 All-Beef Patties Resonate with Trucking

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel’s July 31 announcement that he will name McDonald’s U.S.A. LLC as a joint employer in dozens of unfair labor practice cases filed on behalf of employees of...more

National Labor Relations Board’s Threatened Expansion of Joint Employer Doctrine Would Increase Employment Law Risks for US...

To bring their full financial and operational expertise to portfolio companies, private equity firms frequently adopt an active approach to overseeing their investments. However, the greater a firm’s involvement in the...more

Federal Judge Rules Prime Trucking’s Same-Sex Training Policy Violates Federal Law

New Prime's Driver Training Program Discriminates Against Women, EEOC Charged and Court Agrees - ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ruled August 14 that New Prime, Inc., one the nation's largest trucking companies, violated...more

Empire State High: New York Joins Ranks of States Legalizing Medical Marijuana Use. But What Does This Mean For Employers?

New York's Compassionate Care Act, enacted on July 7, 2014, places New York in the company of 22 other states and the District of Columbia who permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Important for employers, the law...more

New York’s High Court Holds That An Insurer’s Delay in Disclaiming Coverage Could Be Excused When The Delay Resulted From...

Until recently, New York’s Insurance Law presented something of a dilemma for insurance companies concerning how quickly they were required to inform their policyholders that they were denying coverage for a claim. On the one...more

Federal Preemption Defense Running Out of Gas?

Recent decisions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court have thrown a road block in the way of employers relying on a federal statute to preempt certain state wage-and-hour law claims. At issue...more

Washington Court of Appeals Holds Independent Contractors Are Protected from Retaliation by the Washington Law Against...

The Washington courts are strict in their interpretation of the classification of individuals as employees versus independent contractors, resulting in many an employer discovering that an “independent contractor” is instead...more

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