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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

Trucking Company Agrees to Settle EEOC Sex and Age Discrimination Case Involving a Strength Exam

Central Refrigerated Service Agrees to Refrain From Using Already Discontinued 'WorkWell' Examinations in Its Hiring Process - LOS ANGELES - Central Refrigerated Service has agreed to settle a sex and age discrimination...more

Tucson-Area Trucking Company CTI to Pay $300,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to Class of Individuals with Disabilities Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - CTI, Inc., a Tucson-area regional trucking company, will pay $300,000 and furnish other...more

Texas Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Appellate Decision Clarifying Insurer’s Settlement Obligations In...

Last year in Patterson, et al. v. Home State County Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 4460, 2014 WL 1676931 (Tex.App., Apr. 24, 2014), the Texas First Court of Appeals (Houston) held that an insurer was not obligated to...more

“Physical Contact” is required in order to make an Uninsured Motorist Claim!

Los Angeles Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly confronted with issues which implicate the use of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. It is very common that an unidentified “hit...more

Finally Coming to Fruition: FDA’s Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food

Twenty-five years after Congress first tried to ensure that garbage trucks aren’t also used to haul fresh produce, a federal regulation establishing sanitation standards for the transportation of human and animal food by...more

Understanding CIPs, Builder’s Risk, and Inland Marine Insurance Policies

Part of Bradley Arant’s Policyholder Insurance Coverage Team’s six-part Maximize Your Company's Insurance Coverage Webinar Series, the “Understanding CIPs, Builder’s Risk, and Inland Marine Insurance Policies” webinar, led by...more

Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic

Just when is an employer required to hire those taking prescription pain medications? In Clipse v. Commercial Driver Services, Inc., the Washington Court of Appeals held that Commercial Driver Services, Inc. was liable under...more

The Tenth Circuit rejects excess insurers’ implied duty to investigate and initiate settlement negotiations

Interpreting Oklahoma law, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing does not require that an excess insurer, unlike a primary insurer, affirmatively investigate...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015....more

The Case Of GINA And The "Devious Defecator"

In a case dubbed “the mystery of the devious defecator” by a Georgia federal district judge, an Atlanta jury recently awarded a $2.2 million verdict against a company that requested DNA samples from two workers in an attempt...more

Shipper Liability (If Any) to Carriers’ Drivers for Allegedly Improperly Loaded Freight

In most of the situations of injury and damage that are a result of allegedly improperly loaded freight, the damage is to third parties, who fall victim to freight careening from trucks on public highways, or falling off, or...more

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