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Trucker Conned Out of $3k

An unsuspecting trucker got duped out of nearly $3,000 while having his truck repaired at a TA on White Road in Cartersville, Georgia.  The driver received a call from someone that claimed to work for the TA that there was a problem with the TA computer system, and that the driver would have to pay with a Comcheck. The caller told the driver that the cost of the repair was $989.37, for the driver paid with a Comcheck. Next, the caller said that first initial check didn't go through, and that the new amount due was $$991.51, which the driver paid by Comcheck upon the promise of the caller that the first inital check would be voided. The caller claimed that the amount was wrong, claimed the new amount was $967.07, and again claimed that the first two checks would be voided. After giving the caller $2,947, the driver became suspicious and called the TA to verify the caller. Employees at the TA verified that there was nothing wrong with the computer system. Upon realizing that he had been scammed, the driver tried to cancel the checks but it was too late. You can read more details about this story by clicking here.

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Diesel Price Reaches Eight Month Low!!

In a fortunate series of events, the national average price of diesel has reaches its lowest price in eight months. After a steady decline for four straight weeks, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration reported that after another drop of1.1 cents per gallon, the national average price per gallon has reached $3.858. The really exciting news is that this new price per gallon for diesel is down 5.7 cents per gallon when compared to this same week of last year. While all regions of the nation saw a decline in the cost of diesel, the lowest diesel in the country can be found on the Gulf Coast, where you can find diesel as low as $3.801 per gallon. California is home of this week's most expensive diesel. One gallon of diesel fuel in CA will cost an average of $4.090. You can read more on the diesel price trend by clicking here.

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Department of Justice Indicts Fed EX

The Department of Justice has brought charges against Fed Ex for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to distribute misbranded drugs. The charges are because Fed Ex has been delivering packages of illegally prescribed drugs from internet pharmacies. According to the DEA and the FDA, Fed Ex has been informed at least six times since 2004 that the illegal pharmacies had been using Fed Ex to fulfill illegal prescriptions.  Fed Ex, the second largest for-hire company in the country, intends to please non-guilty to the charges while also claiming that the charges will put its customers' privacy at risk.  Fed Ex has requested a list from the DEA of illegal pharmacies, but the DEA has never provided such a list. You can find out more by clicking here.

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Fuel Prices Continue to Decline

Good news at the fuel pumps these days! The prices of both diesel and gasoline have been on the decline this last week according to the Energy Information Administration, which has been tracking the data. On average, the national price per gallon of diesel fuel declined by 1.9 cents this last week to bring the national average price per gallon of $3.894. The price of diesel dropped in all regions of the country, with the greatest drop in the Mid West region. 

Gasoline dropped throughout the country, too. The national average price of gasoline dropped 4.3 cents this last week, bringing the nation wide average price per gallon down to $3.635 per gallon. You can find out more information on fuel prices by clicking here.

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Federal Court Decides CA State Law Stands - Paid Breaks are Mandatory

Earlier this week, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals came to a decision on the Class Action law suit that was brought against Penske back in 2008.  The federal appeals court has ruled that the California State Law that requires a 30 minute lunch break after 5 hours of work and a paid ten minute break after four hours of work applies to the transporation industry and motor carriers are not exempt from it. TAccording to court documents, the plaintiffs claimed that Penske did not ensure that employess took their mandatory breaks and created an “environment that discourages employees from taking their meal and rest breaks.”  Penske claims that the due to the structure and nature of the driving jobs, the carrier was exempt under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 which preempts state law. The Federal Court, however, has ruled otherwise. You can find out more by clicking here.

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3 More Lawsuits for Navistar

Once again, Navistar is in the hot seat. This time, 3 companies have sued Navistar because they claim that the 2011 and 2012 MaxxForce engines were defective and didn’t meet federal 2010 emissions standards. In addittion, the lawsuits further allege "Navistar knew its engines were flawed yet concealed that information from truck buyers." The three companies that are taking Navistar to court are Floyd Blinksy Trucking from Washington state, Americorp Xpress Carriers from Texas and Tennessee-based First Express. The representative for Navistar stated that the company will not comment on pending litigation. To see a list of the charges brought against Navistar, and to read more details of the plantiff's engine troubles, click here.

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