STB Changing Rules in Certain Cases

New procedures announced by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board this week are designed to streamline the process of settling disputes between shippers and carriers in stand-alone rate cases, the agency said.

Among the changes is the implementation of a new “pre-complaint period” to allow parties to mediate their disagreement without litigation and preparation for litigation.

The STB also made changes in discovery and the submission of evidence processes.

The agency cited the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act as authority for revamping its rules.

Rules are also expected to be changed for proceedings that affect a larger number of cases.

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