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Texas Civil Trial Blog

Congress Kicked the Can (Down the Road): The Looming Problem of Hours of Service Regulations and Livestock Haulers: An Update

Late last year we discussed a short-term fix of a long-term problem as Congress considered legislation to exempt Livestock haulers from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) provisions of the US Department of Transportation's Hours of Service (HOS) regulations applicable to commercial motor vehicle operators. As expected, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation that exempted livestock haulers through the end of fiscal year 2019. However, all that did was again delay the inevitable, that federal regulators are going to have to substantively address HOS regulations as they apply to livestock haulers. Instead of considering long term solutions, Congress passed the buck, leaving livestock haulers to once again question what will happen in September 2019 at the end of the fiscal year. Will the temporary exemptions be extended yet again? Will Congress finally address the problem? Will livestock haulers be forces to put the animals they haul, and the American people, in harm's way in order to continue to do their job?

The New 18.001 Affidavit Rules and What They Mean for Your Lawsuit

The Texas legislature recently passed (and governor Abbot signed) House Bill number 1693, which amended chapter 18.001 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code ("CPRC")-the portion of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code that governs affidavits and counter-affidavits regarding the reasonableness and necessity of medical services. 

Post Accident Drug Testing and Documentation

Under federal regulation 49 C.F.R. §382.303, drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required to undergo drug ("controlled substance") and alcohol testing following an accident if certain circumstances are involved. Importantly, §382.303 also imposes strict time limits within which drug/alcohol testing must occur, and even prevents testing if the allotted time has passed. Lastly, if alcohol/drug tests were required, but not completed, §382.303 requires documentation of the circumstances that prevented such testing. 

The Effect and Limits of Corporate Representative Testimony

In a variety of litigation contexts, including personal injury litigation, where there is a corporate defendant depositions of a corporate representative have become commonplace. Frequently, these depositions are used to underline the liability of the corporation that is accused of some wrongful act. However, under both the Texas and Federal Rules, the impact and limitations of this form of discovery is frequently obscure.

Collisions & Intoxicants: Admissibility of Evidence Concerning Mental Health and Drug Use

In JBS Carriers, Inc v. Washington, et al., the Texas Supreme Court addressed and clarified two important evidentiary issues in the context of a pedestrian-truck collision: (1) the standard for admissibility of evidence concerning mental health and drug or alcohol use and (2) the standard for evaluating negligent training claims. 

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