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AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS, INC. v. LOS ANGELES, CA, ET AL.

Docket No.: 11-798
Argued: April 16, 2013
Decided: June 13, 2013

Topics:

ADA, Clean Air Act, Commerce Clause, Federal Aviation Administration, Motor Carrier Act, Supremacy Clause, preemption

PartyNames: American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, California, et al.
Petitioner: American Trucking Associations, Inc.
Respondent: City of Los Angeles, California, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 660 F.3d 384
Supreme Court Docket

American Trucking Associations, Inc.
v.
City of Los Angeles, California, et al.
Background:

Title 49 U.S.C. § 14501(c)(1), originally enacted as a provision of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994, provides that "a State [or] political subdivision . . . may not enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision having the force and effect of law related to a price, route, or service of any motor carrier ... with respect to the transportation of property." It contains an exception providing that the express preemption clause "shall not restrict the safety regulatory authority of a State with respect to motor vehicles." Id. § 14501(c)(2)(A).

Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO QUESTIONS 1 AND 3 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

1. Whether an unexpressed "market participant" exception exists in Section 14501(c)(1) and permits a municipal governmental entity to take action that conflicts with the express preemption clause, occurs in a market in which the municipal entity does not participate, and is unconnected with any interest in the efficient procurement of services. 2. Whether a required concession agreement setting out various conditions a motor carrier must meet to serve a particular port imposes any requirements that are "related to a price, route, or service of any motor carrier" for the purposes of preemption under Section 14501(c)(1). 3. Whether permitting a municipal governmental entity to bar federally licensed motor carriers from access to a port operates as a partial suspension of the motor carriers' federal registration, in violation of Castle v. Hayes Freight Lines, Inc., 348 U.S. 61 (1954).

AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS, INC. v. LOS ANGELES, CA, ET AL.
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 16, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS, INC. v. LOS ANGELES, CA, ET AL.
Holding: REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED
Vote: 9-0
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