STB makes changes in rate dispute procedures

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Laurence Pearlman
WASHINGTON – The Surface Transportation Board will follow a new procedure for stand-alone rate cases, one of several changes in the rules announced Nov. 30 intended to streamline the process of settling disputes between shippers and carriers.

A new “pre-complaint period” will allow parties to mediate their disagreement “without the distraction” of litigation and preparation for litigation.

Changes in discovery and the submission of evidence are also among the changes.

The STB says it is making the changes under a Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act requirement to streamline proceedings. Changes in stand-alone cases will be followed by additional streamlining measures that affect a larger number of cases.

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