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What Is the Impact of NHTSA Automated Vehicle Policy on Transportation Liability?

On September 19, 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Policy regarding automated vehicles. NHTSA issued the Policy for the purpose of providing guidance to the states,...more

Patent Trolls v. Transportation Companies – Contract Tips to Help Avoid Paying the Toll

Transportation companies have become prime targets for patent infringement lawsuits in recent years. Some mistakenly assume that technology companies are the only companies subject to infringement claims, however, the use of...more

Commercial Trucking Goes Green for Safer Streets

A new federal mandate requires most commercial truck drivers to “go green” by trading in their old paper logs for electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017. Thought to affect roughly 3.5 million truck drivers,...more

Bill Caravetta Prevails on Defense of Bad Faith Claim, Judge Rules on Motion for Summary Judgment

This was a workers’ compensation/bad faith lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Kenneth Ingram and Wiley Harrison, both truck drivers for M3 Transportation. While transporting Department of Defense cargo for M3 Transport, Plaintiff...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Challenge to FMCSA Electronic Logging Device Rule

In an opinion issued Oct. 31, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a challenge to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule that will require most commercial motor vehicles to be...more

The Eighth Circuit & the ADA, Part I: Court Tips the Scale in Employer’s Favor in Suit Challenging Sleep Test for Overweight...

In Parker v. Crete Carrier Corporation, et al, No. 16-1371 (October 12, 2016), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a trucking company complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in requiring its drivers...more

InterConnect Flash! No. 57 - 10Tth Circuit Hurls Knuckleball at Carriers Attempting ELD Roll-Outs

While the rest of the country was basking in the glow of the Cleveland Indians improbable trip to the World Series last week (ok so maybe just the City of Cleveland) the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals threw a knuckleball to...more

ADA Allows Sleep Apnea Test for Obese Driver

Almost since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, motor carriers and drivers have clashed over the carriers’ ability to exclude drivers from service based on health issues. Many of these controversies have...more

Self-Inflicted IC Misclassification Wounds: How Did FedEx Bludgeon Itself Into Pay Nearing $500 Million to Settle Claims That It...

FedEx’s costs due to IC misclassification are approaching $500 million over the past year as a result of its inability to draft in a valid manner its IC agreement and internal policies governing Ground Division drivers. Last...more

Asleep at the Wheel: Trucking Company’s Sleep Apnea Policy and Procedures Reviewed by Federal Courts

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently decided court case finds that motor vehicle carriers may lawfully require overweight drivers to submit to a medical examination testing for obstructive sleep apnea. We had previously blogged...more

Setting The Table - October 2016: The Buck Starts Here - What Shippers and Brokers Must Do to Comply with FSMA’s Sanitary...

In Spring 2016, the FDA released its long-awaited Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the “Rule”). The regulation, which constitutes one of seven final rules implementing the Food Safety and...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

Measuring Brain Waves May Get Drowsy Drivers Off the Road

Drowsy driving is a huge problem on American roads. Some safety experts suggest that measuring brain waves could prevent drowsy driving among truckers....more

Trucking Company Owner Personally Liable for Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

Recent amendments to the Surface Transportation Act include a new cause of action for employees of companies engaged in interstate transportation who allege that they were fired or had other adverse action taken against them...more

Open the Floodgates: NLRB Announces Misclassification of Independent Contractors Can, In Itself, Violate Section 8(a)(1)

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice publicly released an advice memorandum from December of 2015 in which it found a Section 8(a)(1) violation for an employer's misclassification of...more

Court Compels Non-Signatory Affiliates, But Not Broker, To Arbitrate Premium Payment Dispute

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh brought a petition in a New York federal court, to compel nine related companies to arbitrate a payment dispute relating to certain policies of insurance issued to the...more

August 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This month’s news update includes three initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat IC misclassification. The first was the issuance of a new page on the DOL website called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” We...more

Constitutional Use of Toll Revenue the Subject of Recent Federal Court Decision

Public agencies with toll-setting authority should take note of a recent federal court decision relating to the uses of user fees and toll revenue, as well as the stated goals of the plaintiff in that case. The U.S....more

InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers...more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...more

NLRB Issues Advice Memorandum Claiming That Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Violates Section 8(a)(1) of...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an advice memorandum issued on December 18, 2015, but just released to the public at the end of August, 2016, an Associate General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board opined that an employer’s...more

NLRB General Counsel Seeks To Regulate and Target Employers with Independent Contractors

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB General Counsel releases an Advice Memorandum finding that the misclassification of independent contractors amounts to a standalone violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA....more

NLRB General Counsel Creates a “Misclassification-Plus” Unfair Labor Practice

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board made public an Advice Memorandum from the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel regarding an unfair labor practice case arising in the context of independent contractor...more

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Most California water agencies choose zero as conservation target San Jose Mercury News - Aug 17 - Governor Jerry Brown's administration two months ago dropped all mandatory water...more

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