Category: Transportation Law

New Federal Regulations for Emotional Support Animals

December 9, 2020  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

The federal Department of Transportation has issued their long-awaited final rule regarding transporting emotional and service animals by air. This rule was enacted in response to the difficulties that airlines and other passengers were experiencing with various types of animals designated by the owner as an emotional support animal. The lack of clarity on the rights of individuals utilizing emotional support animals were highlighted in instances where fellow passengers were physically harmed by an unrestrained (and evidently untrained) animal nebulously characterized as an emotional support animal. Read on to learn more about the new federal regulations for emotional support animals as well as service animals. Airline Authority When the final rule goes into effect (30 days after it is published in the federal register), airlines will gain significant authority to regulate emotional support and service animals while flying. Airlines are permitted to treat emotional support animals as pets. Briefly stated, airlines do not need to treat emotional support animals as service animals. Rather, airlines may recognize emotional support animals as pets rather than service animals.  Airlines have also gained the ability to restrict service animals in a number of areas. This final rule defines a service animal as a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or…

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BGS Attorney Carole Clark Isakson Elected to Duluth Superior Transportation Association’s Board of Directors

December 11, 2019  |  BGS

Congratulations to BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson who recently started her one year term on the board of directors for the Duluth Superior Transportation Association (DSTA). The DSTA has been around for a long time – 76 years in fact! As noted by the DSTA, it is comprised of over 100 active members as well as a number of active retired members, with backgrounds as diverse as the industries they represent. Members come from aerospace, rail, trucking, logistics, and maritime industries, in addition to manufacturers, commercial shippers, supply chain managers, government agencies and more. As a member of the BGS Transportation Department, Isakson fits in well on the DSTA board of directors. The DSTA promotes transportation in the Duluth Superior region through public events, member educational opportunities, and a scholarship program at the University of Wisconsin Superior. More information on the DSTA can be found at Duluth Superior Transportation Association.

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BGS Attorney Named to New Minnesota Trucking Association Foundation Board

September 3, 2019  |  BGS

Barna Guzy & Steffen is pleased to announce that shareholder Carole Clark Isakson has been invited to join the newly formed board of directors for the Minnesota Trucking Association Foundation (the MTAF). Through the Foundation the MTA will better support and promote its strategic objectives: safety, workforce development, efficiency & innovation and leadership in Minnesota’s trucking industry. With almost three decades of representing trucking companies based in Minnesota, Isakson looks forward to being a contributing member of the MTAF and its operation. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation the MTAF will develop and operate programs that promote safe driving, help meet driver needs, and assist the industry with logistics needs. Did you know that in Minnesota 78{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of total manufactured tonnage is transported by truck? Or that 68{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of Minnesota communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods? Truck transportation plays a huge role in Minnesota’s economy, and the MTA’s formation of a charitable foundation will provide yet another vehicle for improving not only the industry, but the lives of those involved as employees and customers alike. Isakson is looking forward to her role with the MTAF, and BGS is proud to continue to support this important industry

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