New Orleans is a major transportation hub for the American South, and a large percentage of travel, freight and shipping operations for the entire United States pass through this city. It is one of the largest ports in the world, with cargo coming in from the Gulf of Mexico and being moved up and down the Mississippi River, as well as having six of the seven major railroads in North America passing through it.
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett has an extensive track record of successfully handling all aspects of transportation law. The attorneys advise clients on matters of law in respect of the transportation industry; they also play an important role in the industry by serving as active members of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the American Boat and Yacht Council, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Furthermore, the firm includes a team of litigators who possess extensive experience handling cases involving all modes of transportation.
The lawyers have successfully represented insurance providers and companies in defense of claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage, as well as in disputes over the extent and nature of insurance coverage. They represent clients from across the transportation industry, including maritime, aviation, trucking and motor carrier, and railroad transportation.
Carmack Amendment Claims in New Orleans
One of the primary aspects of the cases that the transportation law attorneys of Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett represent is the Carmack Amendment, which is found at 49 USC §14706. Carmack describes the scope of legal liability that is incurred by a common carrier engaged in the transport of cargo. It specifically limits liability by placing restrictions on the scope of state law remedies being pursued against the carrier.