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Trucking Companies Hoping to Fill Crucial Shortage with Veterans Seeking Gainful Employment

On behalf of its member trucking companies, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, committed the trucking industry to the mission of hiring 100,000 U.S. military veterans over the next two years. According to a recent article in the Journal of Commerce, the trucking industry is currently short 30,000…

$525,000 Jury Verdict Awarded to AL Men Injured in Distracted Driving Crash

On November 7, 2014, after a five day jury trial in Jefferson County, Alabama, a jury delivered a verdict of $525,000 to two men injured in a distracted truck driving accident.  Plaintiffs argued that phone records showed the defendant driver had used his phone frequently that day, and contended that he was using the phone…

Potential New Regulation Speeding Your Way

A new proposed regulation is expected to hit the Federal Register on December 12, 2014 involving speed-limiters. The proposal is expected to require the installation of speed-limiting devices on trucks that weigh 26,000 pounds or more. The American Trucking Association is pushing to have the limiters set to 65 mph. Such a limiter has been…

Lewellen v. Franklin: Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statutory Cap on Punitive Damages Unconstitutional

On September 9, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court unanimously struck down the State’s punitive damage cap in Lewellen v. Franklin, 2014 WL 4425202 (Mo. banc Sept. 9, 2014). The plaintiff in Lewellen was a 77-year-old widow with less than $1,000 of monthly income who contracted to purchase a vehicle with National Auto Sales North’s (“National”)…

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