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Truck Companies Use Shell Companies and Bankruptcy to Dodge Judgments

By: Bryan M. Roberts, Stark & Stark; Source: The National Law Review; Originally Published: 11.20.17 A USA Today Network investigation revealed that some port trucking companies have used legal loopholes, shell companies, and bankruptcies to escape judgments by labor court judges. The ongoing investigation reveals that some port trucking companies serving top retailers use such

Keystone Pipeline Leaks More Than 200,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

The Keystone pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico, was shutdown Thursday after it leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, operator TransCanada said. The leak was discovered at 6 a.m. Thursday on a stretch of the pipeline passing through a rural part of the state outside of Amherst. Cleanup

Former Coal Executive With Shoddy Safety Record Will Lead Mine Safety Agency

The Senate Wednesday confirmed a former coal executive with a dismal safety record to lead the government’s top agency regulating mine safety. President Trump’s nomination of David Zatezalo, former CEO of Kentucky-based Rhino Resources, was approved by a party-line vote of 52-48. Zatezalo will bring an unconventional perspective to the Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) after

South Carolina to Stop Jailing Poor People for Unpaid Traffic Tickets

In the United States, many municipalities rely on fines from traffic violations and other misdemeanors to fund basic government services. The upside of this means of revenue generation, from a political perspective, is that it’s invisible to most voters, and painless for rich people (who are often campaign donors). But the policy’s downsides are considerable. For

We May Be Severely Underestimating the Number of Car Fatalities Caused by Cell Phones

By: Paris Martineau, Source: NYmag.com, Originally Published: 10.17.17 It’s a pretty self-evident fact that cell-phone use makes you a crappy driver. But the consequences of that crappy driving are still murky: According to a recent report by Bloomberg, what we think we know about our cell-phone usage behind the wheel is wildly inaccurate, and that’s a

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

By: Timothy Williams, Source: NY Times, Originally Published: October 12, 2017  SUMTER, S.C. — Larry Marsh has a history of mental illness and drug addiction. Homeless, he has no place to go. The police in this city have arrested or cited him more than 270 times for trespassing. In December, they got him four times

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