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CT: Ex-Metro North Commuter Railroad Worker Awarded $1.1M

NEW HAVEN, CT - The New Haven Register reports that Metro-North, a commuter railroad, has settled the case of Jim Deacon last week for $1.1 million. Deacon suffered severe burns in a high-voltage explosion on the job.

High Court To Review Causation Issues Involving Rail Worker's Hand Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 29 granted a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by CSX Transportation Inc. seeking review of an $184,250 award to a railroad engineer who says the company is responsible for a hand injury he suffered on the job ( CSX Transportation Inc. v. Robert...

Mississippi Utility Sues Norfolk Southern Rail For $34 Million

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A Mississippi power company has sued Norfolk Southern Railway Company for $34 million, claiming the railroad uses a monopoly over coal deliveries to inflate costs. Hattiesburg-based South Mississippi Electric Power Association said Norfolk Southern is the only railroad company that...

Nevada Trucking Firm Sues Amtrak, Union Pacific Over Crash

RENO, Nev. - (AP) A Nevada trucking company has filed suit again Amtrak and Union Pacific, claiming they failed to maintain a safe railroad crossing at the site where one of its drivers plowed into an Amtrak train last month, killing six people and injuring at least 20 others. The Reno Gazette-Journal...

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Federal Railroad Administration to Issue Proposed Rule on Minimum Train Crew Size

By E. Lynn Grayson The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger...

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State Net Capitol Journal – August 18, 2014; Federal High-Speed Rail Investment Generating Lackluster Returns

Budget & Taxes FEDERAL HIGH-SPEED RAIL INVESTMENT GENERATING LACKLUSTER RETURNS: In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of a future in which sleek bullet trains whisk passengers all about the country at speeds of over 200 m.p.h. "Within 25 years, our goal...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 1, 2014; States Easing Way For Crowdfunding

Budget & Taxes Budget & Taxes STATES EASING WAY FOR CROWDFUNDING: Over the past three years, a dozen states have enacted laws or regulations allowing startups to raise investment capital through crowdfunding without having to go through all the regulatory hoops companies with shareholders...

Danaya C. Wright on Hash v. United States and Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States

By Professor Danaya C. Wright In this article, Danaya C. Wright examines the 2005 Federal Circuit decision in Hash v. U.S., [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], and the 2014 Supreme Court decision in Brandt Trust v. U.S., [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]...

DOT, FRA, PHMSA Take Additional Steps to Improve Rail Hazmat Safety

By Genevieve J. Essig , Associate, Jenner & Block The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), along with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), recently took additional steps in their action plan to improve safety with respect...