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NTSB Finds Positive Train Control Would Have Prevented Amtrak Cascades 501 Crash

Last week, our blog discussed how positive train control (PTC) can prevent passenger train crashes. In December, Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed after going around a turn at almost 50 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The crash resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said PTC could have prevented Amtrak Cascades Train 501 from crashing. According to an NTSB…
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Can Positive Train Control Prevent Passenger Train Crashes?

December’s Amtrak crash in DuPont, Washington killed three people and caused multiple injuries. Investigators discovered the train was speeding through a curve at roughly 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit when it derailed. Positive train control (PTC) is a technology that is designed to prevent train collisions, overspeed derailments, incursions into work zones and the movement of trains through track signals that were left in the wrong…
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Multiple Casualties Reported After Washington Amtrak Derailment

Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos taken by witnesses show additional railcars dangling above the interstate. Today was the first day trains were operating along the…
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What Caused the Amtrak Derailment?

Earlier it was reported that the Philadelphia District Attorney would not be seeking charges against the engineer involved in the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. However, following that announcement, the Pennsylvania Attorney General stepped in and filed charges against the engineer for his role in causing the deadly Amtrak derailment. As we discussed in a prior blog post about the Amtrak Train No. 188 crash, the engineer, Brandon Bostian,…
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Will the Engineer in the Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment Face Charges?

Update: The Pennsylvania Attorney General has stepped in and will be filing charges against the engineer in the deadly Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. We will be updating our blog with more information as it becomes available. Recently, WPVI-TV reported on news regarding the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 crash that claimed the lives of eight people and left around 200 others injured. Reportedly, the Amtrak engineer who was speeding…
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Will a Proposed Law Take Away People’s Right to Pursue Class Action and MDL Lawsuits?

The Huffington Post recently featured a report about a proposed bill that was introduced into the US House of Representatives. The bill, HR 985, would effectively rob people in the US of their right to hold corporations and institutions accountable through class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigation (MDL). If this bill is voted into law, it could open the door for big corporations to defraud, injure, violate and cheat people…
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Fredric Eisenberg & Todd Schoenhaus Discuss Historic $265 Million Amtrak Settlement at CLE

A recent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation involved an in-depth review of the historic $265 million Amtrak settlement. The CLE was held at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 22 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck, PC partner Fredric Eisenberg, and associate Todd Schoenhaus are members of the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee (PMC) that the court appointed to…
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Amtrak to Pay Out Historic $265 Million Settlement for 2015 Derailment

Multiple news outlets, including AP, CBS News, NPR, KYW, Legal Intelligencer, and the Philadelphia Business Journal, are reporting that a historic settlement has been reached in the May 2015 Amtrak derailment that happened in Philadelphia. The settlement, which is reportedly $265 million, was approved by a federal judge in Philadelphia yesterday morning. The Amtrak settlement will cover all pending claims that resulted from the deadly train crash involving Amtrak Train…
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