This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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Wednesday, February 11 2015

A California woman is suing P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., claiming the chain’s $1.00 up charge on gluten-free menu items is discriminatory.

Anna Marie Phillips has filed suit in U.S. District Court for Northern California in San Jose, California, alleging that the restaurant policy of charging more for gluten-free items on the menu violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phillips' suit further claims that the gluten-free surcharge is added to items that are naturally gluten-free. Phillips is seeking class action status on behalf of diners with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The lawsuit asks for an injunction against further gluten-free menu item surcharges, restitution for the surcharges paid, and undesignated civil penalties and compensatory damages.

A P.F. Chang’s spokeswoman told reporters in an email, “The company does not comment on pending litigation.”


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