SCOTUS to AAR: No writ of certiorari

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

In the latest twist of an ongoing saga now in its 11th year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has denied an Association of American Railroads (AAR) petition for a writ of certiorari* (a request that SCOTUS order a lower court to send up a case record for review) regarding whether Congress may vest a for-profit government corporation—in this case, Amtrak—with regulatory authority over its private-sector “competitors”—Amtrak’s host freight railroads. AAR has been battling with USDOT and Amtrak in court since 2011.

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