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Qualcomm Sells Omnitracs Trucking Division to Vista Equity Partners

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Semiconductor technology firm Qualcomm Inc. said it has sold its transportation and logistics business, Omnitracs, to Vista Equity Partners for $800 million. This includes the Commercial Motor Vehicle tracking or "telematics" systems.   The acquisition by Vista Equity Partners will include all Omnitracs operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America as well as… Continue Reading

MAP 21 Changes Trucking

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MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. It is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. It sets highway safety as a national goal.  The changes brought about by MAP-21 are extensive and impact almost every area… Continue Reading

Morgan Adams Receives Truck Accident Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award

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Last week, at the American Association for Justice’s national convention in Chicago, I received the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group’s first ever "Lifetime Achievement Award." I was surprised to say the least! The award means a lot to me and the fact that the effort I make on behalf of my clients as a truck accident attorney were recognized nationally, by other attorneys who also handle… Continue Reading

How to Win a Multi-Million Dollar Verdict

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After this weeks historic 9.25 Million Dollar Record Drunk Driving Tennessee Verdict.I have had a number of lawyers ask me "how do you get a multi-million dollar verdict?"  The answer is simple: with friends. First there is my client, a wonderful young lady with poise, presence, and desire to do what was right even if it cost… Continue Reading

Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Morgan Adams Receives $9.25 Million Jury Verdict on Behalf of Client

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  Law Offices of Morgan Adams Receives Record $9.25 Million Dollar Drunk Driving Verdict Drunk driving collision results in largest punitive damages verdict against a drunk driver in Tennessee history. June 19, 2012 a Chattanooga jury ordered a drunk driver to pay a combined award of $9.25 Million Dollars to a woman he injured in… Continue Reading

A. DUIE PYLE DRIVER’s MANUAL NOT SECRET

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A trucking company’s driver manual tells its drivers all about the company’s safety policies and procedures. Generally, these manuals just recite Chapter 2 (the safety chapter) of the state’s CDL manual, and occasionally they includes material from a defensive driving course for truck Drivers such as the Smith System. Not a lot of difference in these manuals other than they… Continue Reading

Schneider Tries to Hide the Ball in Litigation

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I have not been able to post recently as I am up to my eyeballs in litigation. I am shocked these days about how hard I have to fight to obtain information, even simple information, from trucking companies. This is information that just a few years ago was routinely provided to me without a fight. Recently, in a pending case I have against… Continue Reading

Frivolous Defenses v. Frivolous Lawsuits – Time to Re-examine the Problems with the Legal Sysytem

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Frivolous Defenses and Frivolous Lawsuits Legislators have been attacking frivolous lawsuits for clogging the courthouse and unfairly costing our society billions of dollars. As a result almost every state, including the federal government, has passed sever penalties for the filing of frivolous lawsuits. The number of lawsuits has decreased, but the amount of litigation has increased!… Continue Reading

GOVERNOR HASLAM AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELP TORT LAWYERS STAY IN BUSINESS

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Yes, that’s right, GOVERNOR HASLAM AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELP TORT LAWYERS STAY IN BUSINESS! I was too hasty with my earlier post and didn’t think things though. It is the law of unintended consequences. Republican Governor Haslam, the Chamber of Commerce, and the state legislature have insured that people like me, trial lawyers, will thrive under the new law they just passed. That… Continue Reading

Governor HaslamTells Brain Injured Tennesseans Their Injuries are not Catastrophic and Tells Tennessee Voters They are Stupid and Must be Controlled from Nashville

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Governor Haslam has signed a law that states that non-economic damages should be capped in injury (tort) cases In Tennessee at $750,000 in most cases. Now in Tennessee juries are trusted to sentence a man to death, but apparently they are not trusted by the Governor to determine the proper amount of compensation for victims of someone else’s wrongdoing in an injury case.… Continue Reading

Mexican Trucks Still Not Safe For US!

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The DOT is again proposing to allow Mexican trucks full access to the US under NAFTA. The proposed Pilot Program can be found here. This was a bad idea in 2007 when I originally blogged on the subject here, and remains a bad idea today for the reasons set forth below:  Mexican companies have a proposed 3 month trial… Continue Reading

Governor Haslam Tells Brain Injured Tennesseans, and Parents of Special Needs Children, Their Injuries are not Catastrophic

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Governor Haslam has proposed that non-economic damages should be capped in injury (tort) cases. In Tennessee juries are trusted to sentence a man to death, but apparently the Governor does not trust a jury, in injury cases, to determine the proper amount of compensation for victims of someone else’s wrongdoing. Did you get that? Governor Haslam is protecting the wrongdoers at the… Continue Reading

Inter v. Intrastate Transportation under the FMCSR – Does Your Lawyer Know the Difference?

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I frequently see cases that make it clear the lawyers do not understand the term "intrastate" and "interstate" as used in the trucking industry. Probably because the terms are used in everyday conversation, the lawyers fail to check on the whether the load in question is actually inter or intrastate. Also many lawyers handling trucking cases… Continue Reading

Web Sites for Veterans

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As a retired Marine, and a lawyer that has worked claims through the VA system for family members and friends,  I take a special interest in information impacting veterans. Additionally, there are a  lot of truck drivers who served that may find this information useful. I have not vetted these links but they were provided by a… Continue Reading