Friday, June 22, 2012

Court moves pricing suit against railroads ahead

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia has granted class certification to a lawsuit in which eight shippers allege that BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and CSX Transportation conspired to fix the price of fuel surcharges.

Stephen Neuwirth of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, one of the co-lead counsels for the plaintiffs in the ongoing Multi District Litigation (MDL), said the original lawsuits in this MDL were filed in 2007. In that year, 18 lawsuits were combined into the consolidated MDL now being overseen by Judge Friedman.