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New FDA Final Rule on Food Safety Takes Effect

  On April 6, 2017, new rules on the transportation of food products went into effect as part of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Generally, the FSMA is the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws since the 1940s and it imposes requirements on nearly every handler of […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Drivers’ Appeal Against FMCSA

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of six truck drivers in a class action suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) regarding what information is included in pre-employment reports. The appeal follows a ruling in FMCSA’s favor by the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

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Big Truck Job Fair

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Supreme Court declines to hear ELD lawsuit

In a victory for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and in accordance with the wishes of the American Trucking Association (ATA), the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will not hear a lawsuit challenging a DOT rule requiring truck operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track hours of service. This means the ELD […]

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Congratulations to the partners on the 2017 Super Lawyers list!

Setliff & Holland is pleased to congratulate three attorneys selected to the 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers list. C. Stephen Setliff and Gregory F. Holland were selected in the practice area of Transportation and Maritime Law, and John K. Burke Jr., was selected in the practice area of Business Litigation. Each year, no more than five […]

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Virginia Truck Fleet Safety Awards Presented

The Virginia Trucking Association presented its 2017 Safety Awards on April 25 during its Annual VTA Safety and Human Resources Conference, held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA. The safety awards are generously sponsored by Nansemond Insurance Agency of Suffolk, VA. J.D. Newman, Inc. of Elkwood, VA was presented the 2017 Grand Trophy […]

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Congratulations, Steve Setliff, new member of the National Truck and Heavy Equipment Claims Council

Congratulations to Steve Setliff on his recent induction into the National Truck and Heavy Equipment Claims Council, or NTHECC. Mr. Setliff was inducted into the council at the Spring 2017 meeting in Dallas, Texas. He was there to deliver a presentation on the topic, “Handling the Catastrophic Trucking Accident: Investigation and Claim Defense.” Mr. Setliff […]

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Join us at the 2017 VTA Safety Management and Human Resources Conference

The VTA and its Safety Management & Human Resources Council will host the 2017 Safety & Human Resources Conference April 25 – 26 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center in Staunton, VA.  The conference offers a unique opportunity to network with other safety professionals and learn valuable ideas about how to improve safety in your […]

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Owner-operators: employees or independent contractors?

Our industry is under attack nationally from the way motor carriers are classifying drivers.  First, “statutory employee” rules made trucking companies liable for negligent drivers regardless of whether the drivers are actually independent contractors.  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, 49 C.F.R. § 390.5, eliminates the distinction between “independent contractors” and “employees” for liability purposes.  This […]

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EEOC sues trucking company for failing to accommodate a driver’s service dog

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prevents an employer from discriminating against a disabled worker who can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the relevant job. The employer must reasonably accommodate the disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Leon Laferriere is a military veteran with PTSD. His psychiatrist prescribed using a service dog […]

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