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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Thursday, May 28 2020

Amazon is being sued by consumers in California who claim the internet giant is price-gouging in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

A class action lawsuit filed by Hagens Bergman Sobol Shapiro LLP alleges Amazon should be liable for third-party and primary listings on its platform. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs compare average prices over a previous three month period to coronavirus-era prices starting in early February, claiming they have increased by more than 10%. The lawsuit cites pricing on face masks, cold remedies and black beans as evidence, ignoring evidence that supply and demand shift dramatically during disasters and pandemics and that Amazon does not set prices of its third-party vendors.

According to news reports, Amazon maintains that it continues to monitor prices and removes offers that violate its policies. “We are disappointed that bad actors are attempting to take advantage of this global health crisis and, in addition to removing these offers, we are terminating accounts and working directly with states attorneys general to prosecute bad actors and hold them accountable,” an Amazon representative said.

Source: law.com

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