In Brief

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Updated Jan 6, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court last month let stand a federal appeals court ruling that Cassens Transport Co. and its workers comp administrator Crawford & Co. violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by contesting the claims of certain employees under the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. The lower courts initially had found for Cassens, but the Supreme Court had ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider the issue in light of the 2008 decision in Bridge vs. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity.

American Trucking Associations commended the Transportation Security Administration Air Cargo Office for its efforts to develop security programs for the ground transportation of air cargo. ATA voiced support for TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program that increases the transparency of requirements by permitting motor carriers to become regulated parties.

KPA announced HotlinkHR, which it says simplifies the human resources compliance process and reduces the risk of litigation by using a combination of forced compliance through automation and on-demand HR advice. HotlinkHR includes HR advice by phone or by e-mail. The request is routed to one of two law firms with experience in the truck, equipment and auto dealer market – Fine, Boggs and Perkins; or Ford & Harrison.

Marc Bruce of Lincoln Park, Mich., was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to pay $328,086 in back taxes for failing to file tax returns for the years 2001 through 2004, during which time he earned more than $890,000 in taxable income from his business, M&C Trucking. Bruce also attempted to conceal his true income and failed to pay quarterly payroll taxes, a federal court found.