The Modern Firm Website Analytics

Providing legal expertise to our clients, nationwide

News

Texas Jury Hands Out $101 Million Award for Negligent Hiring and Retention Following Trucking Accident

Recently, a jury in Gilmer, Texas awarded a plaintiff a $101 million verdict following a personal injury trial in what is being considered the largest verdict ever awarded for an accident involving a tractor-trailer. The massive verdict, of which roughly $75 million was for punitive damages, was assessed against FTS International (“FTS”), an oil services […]

Read More

American Trucking Association President Pushing Aggressive Agenda

As he enters his third year as chief executive of the American Trucking Associations (“ATA”), Chris Spear is focused on the top issues facing the trucking industry. Spear pinpoints five main issues that face the trucking industry: driver shortage, productivity, infrastructure, safety technology, and tariffs.  To address driver shortage, Spear proposes changing federal regulations to […]

Read More

Tom Moran appointed chair of practice group

Setliff Law is pleased to announce that Tom Moran has been appointed chair of the firm’s construction law group. Mr. Moran has 10 years’ experience in the construction law field, and since joining Setliff Law in 2015, his leadership qualities and client focused approach have created a foundation upon which others at the firm can […]

Read More

Setliff Law receives favorable result on a negligent entrustment claim

In this case the plaintiff filed a complaint against a trucking company and its driver for recovery for alleged personal injuries and loss of consortium (damages suffered by the spouse or family member of a person who has been injured or killed as a result of the defendant’s negligent or intentional, or otherwise wrongful acts) […]

Read More

Workers’ Compensation: When is an Employee not an “Employee,” even if they work for you?

We are frequently asked whether or not an individual is considered an “employee” for workers’ compensation purposes, and, in fact, were specifically asked to address this in an article.  Unfortunately, the answer is generally neither simple nor short, and almost always fact specific. Though Workers’ Compensation statutes vary slightly from state to state, Virginia’s body […]

Read More

Mike Donner appointed chair of labor and employment law group

Setliff Law is pleased to announce that Mike Donner has been appointed chair of the firm’s labor and employment law group. Mr. Donner has 15 years’ experience in the labor and employment law field, and since joining Setliff Law in 2016, his leadership qualities and client focused approach have created a foundation upon which others […]

Read More

Americans like big trucks (and SUVs) and we cannot lie…

Make no mistake, when gas prices are modest, or more accurately, appear modest to the American consumer, market research shows that we favor, big, fast, luxurious cars, trucks and SUVs.  Neighborly banter in Anywhere, USA, proceeds as follows: “Sweet ride.  That thing have the V-8 in it?”  “Heck, yeah it does.  0-60 in 4 seconds […]

Read More

Mixed-Fleet Interstate Truck Drivers May Be Entitled to Overtime Pay

Despite the overtime exemption provided by the Motor Carrier Act (“MCA”), interstate trucking employers who operate “mixed fleets” – those with vehicles both over and under 10,000 pounds – may owe overtime pay to drivers of the smaller vehicles, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.  Schilling v. Schmidt Baking Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS […]

Read More

Truck Driver Shortage Reaches Boiling Point

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), for-hire truck tonnage rose 7.9% in the first half of 2018, more than double the gain for the same period in 2017. While the booming economy has many carriers rejoicing at these statistics, it has also exacerbated issues that have affected carriers for years, forcing them into difficult […]

Read More

Rhode Island Truck-Only Toll Update: Trucking Files Suit

A few weeks ago we updated you on the implementation of Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling program. As stated in that article, American Trucking Association (“ATA”) President and CEO Chris Spear believed the Rhode Island scheme to be unconstitutional and was willing to use whatever means necessary to fight the tolling program. The ATA has begun […]

Read More