In Brief

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Updated Jan 6, 2010

Illinois enacted legislation prohibiting contract provisions that require motor carriers to indemnify shippers against loss or damage resulting from the shipper’s negligence. More than a dozen states have adopted similar anti-indemnification laws.

Rubik Avetyan and sons Allen and Alfred were indicted Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., on 40 counts in connection with a double-brokerage fraud scheme that allegedly netted more than $1 million in illicit payments and goods.

California Air Resources Board fined the City of Fresno $49,500 for diesel emissions violations at multiple fleet centers and entered into a settlement that will bring the city’s fleet of diesel vehicles into compliance with state regulations ahead of the mandated schedule.

FedEx Ground faces more than $1.2 million in damages, fees and expenses after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s verdict in a disability discrimination claim under the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned summary judgment in favor of CLM Freight Lines in an employment discrimination case. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had no record of receiving the truck driver’s complaint, even though his counsel’s fax machine confirmed that some document was faxed to EEOC on a timely basis. A reasonable fact-finder could conclude that EEOC simply had lost, misplaced or failed to process the complaint, the appeals court said.