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, September 23 2020

A federal lawsuit filed by a former writing partner of rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot (Anthony Ray) has ended with the judge ordering the payment of attorney fees for the filing of a “frivolous” lawsuit seeking royalties.

According to news reports, David Ford filed a copyright complaint against Sir Mix-a-Lot seeking a share of revenue from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hit songs including “Baby Got Back.” Ford’s claims were dismissed earlier this month and attorney’s fees awarded in the amount of $20,000.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s attorney Judith Endejan said Ford was attempting to “make a quick buck” from singer Nicki Minaj’s recent use of a sample from “Baby Got Back” in her hit “Anaconda.”

“Plaintiff’s claim is frivolous or, at the very least, motivated by an unfair desire to cash in on the efforts of another. Whatever his contributions to the sixteen joint works, plaintiff remained silent for two decades, never asserting that he was an author until a lucrative license was obtained by defendant,” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik wrote in his order dismissing the case.

Source: courthousenews.com

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