OnPoint Expert Testifies at Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Class Certification Hearing
October 5, 2016
Last week, OnPoint expert Dr. Gordon Rausser testified at a Class Certification hearing in a multibillion-dollar class action lawsuit against some of country’s largest railroad companies (In re: Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation). At the weeklong hearing in D.C. Federal Court, Dr. Rausser testified on behalf of plaintiffs, a proposed class of direct purchasers who claim the four major Class I railroads conspired to artificially increase freight rates through the imposition of fuel surcharges between 2003 and 2008. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman previously certified the class in June 2012, but this decision was later remanded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend.