I've been wondering about this for some time. I'm puzzled by the decision of an appellate judge ruling last year that the case didn't qualify for class-action status for as many as 16,000 shippers affected by the rates.OMAHA — A federal judge has ruled that the details of conversations between the nation's four largest railroads should be included in lawsuits challenging billions of dollars of charges the railroads imposed in the past.
The ruling Friday undercuts one of the defenses Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and Norfolk Southern had offered in dozens of lawsuits major companies filed last year questioning the way railroads set rates. The lawsuits say the railroads conspired to boost prices starting in 2003 by imposing coordinated fuel surcharges and pocketing billions of dollars in profits.
The individual major railroads did not immediately respond to questions about the lawsuits Monday.
The price-fixing allegations have been winding their way through U.S. courts for more than a decade since several companies first filed similar lawsuits in 2007.