Logistically Speaking - February 2018


Welcome to the February 2018 edition of Logistically Speaking, an e-publication that features articles authored by the attorneys in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Logistics and Transportation Practice Group. To read an article from this month's edition of the Logistically Speaking e-newsletter, click on the hyperlinks in the article titles below.

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Whose Rules Apply? Indiana and Massachusetts High Courts Tackle Federal Preemption

Somewhat like a parent choosing which child is the favorite, courts often wrangle with questions of whether state or federal law applies to a dispute. This article takes a look at notable state court decisions, one from the Indiana Supreme Court and one from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and addresses whose laws apply.

Don’t Feel Pressured to Settle a Case That You Don’t Want to Settle

Clients participating in a settlement conference or mediation often feel pressure to settle arising from fear that the presiding judge or arbitrator may not look favorably on the client. Read more about three core rights and protections relative to the settlement process.

Three Things To Know When Shipping Hazardous Materials By Air

Air transportation of hazardous materials involves tight regulations and significant penalties. Proper training and education can alleviate headaches – and potential fines. This article looks at three things you should know when shipping hazardous materials by air to help identify and avoid potential violations.

New Tax Law Affects the Purchase and Operation of New or Used Aircraft

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) significantly affects business aviation. The full impact of changes to bonus depreciation, Federal Excise Tax exemptions, entertainment deductions, and the repeal of 1031 exchanges for personal property are unknown. However, based upon the language of the Act and current law, the impact on tax planning is immediate.