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Briggs and Morgan is a nationally-recognized leader in representing railroads in mass tort, crossing litigation, FELA claims, environmental matters, and short-line disputes. Our lawyers have litigated numerous high-profile cases at all levels of the federal and state court systems and in numerous jurisdictions. We have submitted numerous railroad law-related briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, both for parties and amicus curiae. Through these cases, our attorneys have gained extensive trial and appellate experience, as well as deep knowledge of federal preemption and jurisdictional issues.

Briggs attorneys have handled numerous high-profile derailment litigation matters, including thousands of toxic exposure claims stemming from a major derailment in Minot, North Dakota. Briggs has also handled more than 100 personal injury / property damage claims and cause of action by the state and city stemming from alleged leakage of millions of gallons of diesel fuel.

Briggs has vast experience with the Federal Railroad Safety Act’s preemption of state law claims and standards of care. Briggs has successfully obtained summary judgment in several crossing litigation cases by establishing that the railroad complied with the federal standard of care. Briggs has also successfully consulted on and handled numerous appeals involving crossing litigation matters.

Briggs also represents railroads in a variety of environmental matters including private litigation and government actions. Briggs attorneys have considerable experience dealing with the many business, scientific and legal issues surrounding pollution disputes. Our lawyers have extensively analyzed and litigated the Minnesota Environmental Response and Liability Act (MERLA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) from a railroad’s perspective.   

Briggs attorneys have a deep and thorough knowledge of the railroad business. Briggs regularly represents a Class I carrier in contract disputes with short-line railroads across the country. Briggs attorneys are experienced negotiators and litigators when payment disputes erupt between railroads. Briggs has successfully resolved or litigated many historical short-line contract disputes in federal courts throughout the county. Our lawyers’ knowledge of the railroad business is especially beneficial to our clients in these disputes where historical knowledge of the industry is a prerequisite to understanding and successfully resolving the case.

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