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14 Jun, 2022

Dave Schmitt Secures Summary Judgment for BNSF Railway in Two Separate Toxic Tort Lawsuits

2022-06-14T11:51:09-05:00June 14th, 2022|Transportation Law|

Dave Schmitt, a partner at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, secured summary judgment for BNSF Railway in two separate toxic tort lawsuits. The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska dismissed both cases finding they were time-barred by FELA’s three-year statute of limitations, 45 U.S.C. § 56. In Salstrand v. BNSF Ry., No. 4:20-cv-3146 (D. Neb. 2022), the plaintiff was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on March 3, 2014. [...]

5 Apr, 2022

A Cautionary Tale

2022-04-05T15:17:09-05:00April 5th, 2022|Latest News, Transportation Law|

Every pilot who holds a medical certificate has at one time filled out Form 8500-8. Form 8500-8 is the form we all fill out when we apply for medical certificates. Form 8500-8 asks us, among other things, to disclose whether we have ever been diagnosed with a series of medical conditions. Providing false information on these forms is a felony and thus carries with it significant consequences, as one California [...]

16 Feb, 2022

District Court Holds that 49 U.S.C. § 44112 preempts state tort claims

2022-02-16T12:54:08-06:00February 16th, 2022|Transportation Law|

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that a provision of the Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C. § 44112, preempted state law negligence and strict liability claims brought against a former owner of an aircraft by the heirs of people who died in a plane crash.  See J.A.G.P. v. Aerolineas Damojh, S.A. de C.V., No. 1:19-CV-02552, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24858 (N.D. Ill. Feb. [...]

4 Feb, 2022

Nebraska Supreme Court Holds that Airplanes are Subject to Sales and Use Tax

2022-02-04T17:19:13-06:00February 4th, 2022|Latest News, Transportation Law|

In July 2021, the Nebraska Supreme Court decided an important case on the Nebraska sales and use tax and how it is applied to aircraft. In the case, Big Blue Express, Inc. v. Neb. Dep’t of Rev., 309 Neb. 838 (2021), the supreme court concluded that the “sale for resale” exemption found at Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-2701.34 did not exempt an aircraft from sales and use taxes when the [...]

4 Feb, 2022

Nebraska Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment on Statute of Limitations in FELA Toxic Action

2022-02-04T17:17:34-06:00February 4th, 2022|Transportation Law|

In Anderson v. Union Pac. R.R., 7:18-cv-5010 (July 6, 2020), the Nebraska federal court granted the defendant railroad’s motion for summary judgment on the statute of limitations in a toxic action filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, 45 U.S.C. § 51 et seq. The plaintiff filed the action on August 21, 2018 claiming he was exposed to diesel exhaust and alleged toxic materials while he worked for the railroad which [...]

4 Feb, 2022

The Importance of Securing Medical Records Before Taking a Plaintiff’s Deposition

2022-02-04T17:11:08-06:00February 4th, 2022|Transportation Law|

In a personal injury case it is important to secure all of the plaintiff’s medical records before taking a plaintiff’s deposition. Medical records are important to determine the nature and extent of the claimed injury. Reviewing medical records in detail will provide insight whether a plaintiff complained of the same or similar conditions before the subject incident. Medical records typically contain a patient’s history, including the date of onset and [...]

4 Feb, 2022

Deposing a Plaintiff in FELA Toxic Actions

2022-02-04T17:09:47-06:00February 4th, 2022|Transportation Law|

Railroad workers are filing FELA lawsuits against their former employers claiming they were exposed to alleged toxic substances during their railroad careers which caused them to develop cancer. Most of the plaintiffs are retired and developed cancer late in their lives. They claim their railroad employment from decades earlier is responsible. It is important when taking a plaintiff’s deposition in a toxic tort action to have the plaintiff be specific [...]

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