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$41m Lawsuit Claims BNSF Change of Service ‘Destroyed’ Rail Freight Business

Posted April 14, 2015

Under Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Alex Lennane – The Loadstar)

A major US rail freight carrier is facing a lawsuit for damages of up to $41m for abruptly changing its service.

In court documents filed last week in the state of Washington, the owner and CEO of Rail Logistics claimed the BNSF railway company “negligently obtained and communicated false information”, through motives of “pure greed”, which “effectively destroyed” their business.

Michael Lerner and Steven Lawson’s case centres on their decision to set up a refrigerated intermodal shipping service, Cold Train, to move fresh produce from Washington State to retailers in the midwest using a 72-hour expedited service between Quincy and BNSF’s intermodal terminal in Chicago. The 72-hour timeframe enabled shippers to use rail instead of trucking services. Click here to read more.