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Transportation Law

The profitable movement of freight can be summed up simply. It means having the right things in the right places at the right times.

Foster Swift’s transportation industry clients will tell you that it also helps to have lawyers who are actively involved in the transportation industry - lawyers who know them, their businesses and their problems.

These clients include:

  • Motor, rail, air, water and passenger carriers
  • Logistics providers
  • Trade associations
  • Private fleet operators
  • Shipper interests

Our clients come in all shapes and sizes. They range from small, family-run operations to large, privately-held and publicly-owned and traded North American transportation concerns. Our clients do business in Michigan, the Midwest and from coast to coast.

Transportation businesses benefit from our years of first-hand industry experience, including:

  • Precedent-setting litigation, including accident defense
  • Freight claim disputes, employment and personnel leasing issues, liability-negligence actions and insurance coverage issues
  • Safety audits and complaint proceedings with the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aeronautics Administration, and Public Service Commission
  • Challenges to state and local governmental regulations of interstate commerce
  • Actions claiming violations of local and state highway regulations, including truck weight issues
  • Regulatory applications for the Federal Highway Administration and Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Legislative analysis, assistance and testimony
  • Tax-fee disputes against governmental units

The firm’s transportation lawyers were front-and-center in a landmark court case for the industry. They successfully challenged the State of Michigan on behalf of a large group of motor carriers who were required to pay excess registration/plate fees. They represented these motor carriers in courts throughout the state, winning the case against the state, which was affirmed by the court of appeals in 2009.

Transportation is an industry where time is money. It makes sense to have a law firm that offers just-in-time solutions, backed by years of practical experience, the latest technology and reasonable prices.

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