Feel Like an Old Railroad Man

By May 3, 2008Briefly Legal

Two tort-reform items crossposted from PointofLaw.com:

  • Former D.C. Administrative Judge Roy Pearson sues to get his city job back. And he wants damages, just not $54 million. Pearson was not reappointed to the post after his suit against his drycleaners elicited international scorn.
  • A commuter rail project in Central Florida has gone off the tracks in the Legislature, with liability one of main obstacles. From the Daytona Beach News-Journal: “The Department of Transportation and Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation reached an agreement in 2007 for the state to buy the tracks from CSX, which would then lease them part time for freight. But the agreement requires legislative approval of legal liability provisions that provoked opposition from many senators and trial lawyers. One provision would have extended state sovereign immunity to private contractors hired by the state for key rail functions. Another would have shielded CSX for most liability from mishaps on the line.”
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