SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
NOR_42118_0

Case Title:  
BRAMPTON ENTERPRISES, LLC D/B/A SAVANNAH RE-LOAD V. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
DECISION: (1) HELD THIS PROCEEDING IN ABEYANCE UNTIL AUGUST 2, 2011; AND (2) DIRECTED THE PARTIES TO INFORM THE BOARD REGARDING ANY PROGRESS MADE IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS AND TO FILE A PROPOSED PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE BY AUGUST 2, 2011.

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41678 SERVICE DATE – JUNE 7, 2011

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

DECISION

 

Docket No. NOR 42118

 

BRAMPTON ENTERPRISES, LLC D/B/A SAVANNAH RE-LOAD v. NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY

 

Decided: June 7, 2011

 

This decision holds the proceeding in abeyance while the parties discuss issues in the case and exchange information on a voluntary basis.

 

On March 29, 2010, Brampton Enterprises, LLC, d/b/a Savannah Re-Load (Brampton) filed a complaint against Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR), alleging that provisions of NSR’s Tariff NS 6004-B constitute unreasonable practices in violation of 49 U.S.C. 10702(2). On March 29, 2010, NSR filed both an answer to the complaint, generally denying Brampton’s allegations, and a motion to dismiss the complaint. On March 31, 2010, Brampton filed a reply to NSR’s motion to dismiss. By decision served on March 16, 2011, the Board denied the motion to dismiss the complaint and ordered the parties to propose a joint procedural schedule by April 4, 2011. By decision served on April 12, 2011, the proceeding was held in abeyance until June 3, 2011, in order for the parties to discuss issues in the case and exchange information on a voluntary basis. By June 3, 2011, the parties were directed to inform the Board regarding any progress made in their discussions and to file a proposed procedural schedule pursuant to 49 C.F.R.  1111.10(a).

 

On June 2, 2011, Brampton and NSR jointly filed a status report stating that they have voluntarily exchanged some information related to issues in the case. They assert that they believe it would be productive for them to engage in further discussions and to exchange additional information on a voluntary basis. They request that this proceeding and the requirement to file a proposed procedural schedule, which was to have been included in their report, be held in abeyance for an additional 60 days, until August 2, 2011.

 

The joint request is reasonable, and the proceeding will be held in abeyance so that the parties may continue to voluntarily exchange information and discuss issues in the case. By
August 2, 2011, the parties must inform the Board regarding any progress made in their discussions and, jointly or separately, must file a proposed procedural schedule.

 

This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

 

It is ordered:

 

1. The proceeding is held in abeyance until August 2, 2011.

 

2. The parties are directed to inform the Board regarding any progress made in their discussions and to file a proposed procedural schedule by August 2, 2011, as discussed above.

 

3. This decision is effective on its date of service.

 

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.