ATA Seeks Summary Judgment in Port of LA Case

Jan 05, 2010, 16:57 ET from American Trucking Associations

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ATA today filed its final response brief seeking summary judgment in certain aspects of its challenge to the Port of Los Angeles Concession Plan mechanism. Summary judgment is a procedural device that allows a court to decide some or all of the legal issues involved in a case prior to trial if there is no legitimate dispute as to the material facts surrounding those issues.

Among other things, ATA is asking the U.S. District Court to find in its favor the legal issue of whether the Port's Concession Agreement has a sufficient impact on motor carrier rates, routes and services to fall within the federal pre-emption provision.

The Court is scheduled to hear the ATA motion and the Port's cross motion for summary judgment on Jan. 11, with a decision expected shortly thereafter. Legal issues requiring further factual development will be the subject of a trial beginning in mid-March.

Both ATA's request for summary judgment and today's final response are available on ATA's website,, in the Testimony area of the Newsroom.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations