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Aug 30

Joe Swift Quoted in FreightWaves Article Regarding Supreme Court Trucking Decisions

Baker Sterchi Member Joe Swift is quoted in a recent FreightWaves article titled “Why trucking is peeved at the Supreme Court,” concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not weigh in on two cases related to the trucking industry. The Court kicked both decisions back to the lower courts and in declining to hear these cases, it is unclear what the law of the land is, because both cases may only apply to the nine Western states (and two territories) that make up the 9th Circuit.

The threat of a negligence lawsuit has quietly become a top concern for trucking carriers nationwide over the past 10 years. However, freight brokerages have found themselves mostly insulated from such a verdict. Swift said, “Brokers thought they were Teflon five to 10 years ago.”

For a more detailed discussion of one of the cases at issue, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. v. Miller, see Swift’s recent Transportation Law Blog post titled “Brokers lose preemption battle (for now) in the war of broker liability.

Swift is a Member in the firm’s St. Louis office. With more than 30 years of experience as a successful trial lawyer, he has scored numerous favorable jury verdicts throughout this career. With a practice focused on representing several of the largest for-hire and private transportation carriers in the United States, he serves as co-chair of Baker Sterchi’s Trucking Practice Group.

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