Transportation Law

New Insurance Option Offers Brokers Unprecedented Protection against Cargo Claims

Freight brokers often find themselves in a losing game of tug-of-war with carriers when it comes to deciding who will shoulder the costs of lost or damaged cargo. Now, thanks to the emergence of industry-specific insurance, this is starting to change. The Carmack Amendment places liability for lost or damaged cargo in the laps of …

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Do Freight Brokers Have to Pay Workers’ Compensation to Non-Employees?

Freight brokers, like any other employer, are generally only liable for their own employees for workers’ compensation purposes. However, what if a freight broker contracts with a motor carrier to transport goods, the motor carrier does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, and the motor carrier’s driver is injured on the job? Can the freight broker …

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What Do I Do With a Broken Seal Load?

Freight brokers are increasingly facing consignees who reject freight when a carrier shows up at the delivery dock with a broken seal. Here is how you can defend against the trend. In both truckload and less-than-truckload shipments, shippers often require their freight to be transported in “sealed” containers. Sealed shipments help document chain of custody …

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