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$1 Million Settlement For Injured Rail Worker

NEW HAVEN Conn. – (AP) A Metro-North worker whose left hand and forearm were severely burned in a high-voltage explosion in 2006 has settled his lawsuit against the rail service for $1.1 million. Fifty-one-year-old Jim Deacon of Southbury, Conn., and Metro-North officials settled Deacon's lawsuit...

Judge Orders EPA Not to Destroy Records UP Wants

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) A federal judge ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to stop destroying records Union Pacific requested about lead contamination in Omaha, and an expert was appointed to make sure the agency complies. The judge's order resolved several issues the railroad and...

Railroads Threatened With Lawsuits Over Diesel Exhaust

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An environmental group threatened to sue two of the nation's biggest rail owners Tuesday under a novel legal theory that would classify diesel exhaust as hazardous waste. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent letters to Union Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe...

U.S. Supreme Court: Locomotive Act Preempts State Law Asbestos Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) preempts state law design defect and failure-to-warn claims involving exposure to asbestos during repairs and maintenance, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held Feb. 29 ( Gloria Gail Kurns, et al. v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. and...