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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

More Preemption Junction

I posted last March about the ongoing litigation relating to a train derailment in Minot, North Dakota.  The federal judge overseeing the suits has ruled (Download Lundeen.pdf) that the all of the claims in the state tort cases are preempted by the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

There's nothing earth-shattering but it's an interesting read.

(As I noted last March, I clerked for Judge Rosenbaum.)

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The other interesting aspect of this case is how the lack of media coverage the night of the disaster has been built up into a totem of the "media ownership reform" crowd, who have twisted it into a case of media consolidation destroying local coverage.

Only problem is, they leave out all the evidence that points to other factors. Good read here:

Posted by: dagNABbit | Feb 7, 2007 7:32:54 AM

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