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Rough Road Ahead: Three Looming Shakeups of the Trucking Industry

Although it is by no means all of what we do, a lot of what we do here at Setliff Law involves (directly or indirectly) transportation and trucking.  From liability defense to worker’s compensation defense to intellectual property, even when what we do isn’t directly related to a truck, it is often related to trucking.  […]

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FMCSA To Require Truckers to Register With Federal Drug/Alcohol Database

The FMCSA recently issued new rules that will require drivers to register with a federal database before they can change jobs in the industry. Beginning on January 6, 2020, drivers will be required to register with FMCSA’s “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse” as part of all future employment-related background checks. Drivers can begin […]

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Workers’ Comp Update: Asleep at the Wheel. On the Clock. But did the injury arise out of the employment?

It is common for claimants to request workers’ compensation benefits after being involved in motor vehicle accidents. As in all claims, the motor vehicle accident must “arise out of” the employment to be found compensable. Motor vehicle accidents that happen on public roadways may be found to arise out of the employment subject to the […]

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Who the heck insures what? Insurance under owner operator leases

With qualified drivers getting tougher to find, more and more carriers are turning to independent contractors to haul their loads.  Contractors, using their own equipment, “lease on” to the carrier and run under its authority. While this arrangement is common practice, it is chock full of risks if done improperly.  Among other things, Federal Motor […]

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Virginia Truck Fleet Safety Awards

The Virginia Trucking Association presented its 2019 Safety Awards on April 3rd during its Annual VTA Safety and Human Resources Conference, held at the UVA Inn at Darden in Charlottesville, VA. The safety awards are generously sponsored by Nansemond Insurance Agency of Suffolk, VA. J.D. Newman, Inc. of Elkwood, VA was presented the 2019 Grand […]

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Deadline Approaching for Fleets Using Automatic On-Board Recording Devices

By December 16, 2019, motor carriers who were granted a 2-year extension on the electronic logging devices (ELDs) mandate because they were using an Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD) will be required to transition their AOBRDs to ELDs. With the deadline quickly approaching, it is important for carriers to assess their current situations to determine […]

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Congratulations to Jason Mackey, Setliff Law’s newest Partner, and to Dov Szego, named Senior Associate.  

Jason Mackey has been with Setliff Law for 6 years and in that time has consistently demonstrated an ability substantially “beyond his years,” according to firm owner Steve Setliff. “His work on a day to day basis is outstanding, our clients love him and he works as hard as any lawyer I have seen in my […]

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Legislation Reintroduced to Permit Teen Truckers

On February 26, 2019, Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) reintroduced the DRIVE-Safe Act in both houses of the United States Congress. A nearly identical version of the Act was introduced as recently as August 2018, but it stalled out before ever becoming law. Generally, the DRIVE-Safe Act will change federal law that […]

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Contracts: when the writing is not on the wall

In recent months we have seen a lot of situations where clients have dug themselves a hole by signing a contract.  In some cases the client didn’t read the contract.  In others the contract didn’t reflect the agreement.  In others, the contract was just a bad deal for them.  In all of them, we didn’t […]

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When life gives you lemons…

For many, the thought of buying a new car evokes a compulsory flood of emotion.  Those emotions likely differ for each reader, but for most, they will include a healthy mix of excitement, pride, fear and anxiety.  Since we here at Setliff Law prefer to focus on the positive, we assume that when you close […]

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