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COMMERCE ACT (OMNIBUS BILL)

(Including provision for limitation on time for recovery of
undercharges and overcharges by or against motor carriers,
water carriers, and freight forwarders)

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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON
INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE
UNITED STATES SENATE

EIGHTIETH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

S. 571-H. R. 2759

CARD DIVISION

A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT, AS AMENDED,
SO AS TO PROVIDE LIMITATIONS ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH
ACTIONS MAY BE BROUGHT FOR THE RECOVERY OF UNDER-
CHARGES AND OVERCHARGES BY OR AGAINST COMMON CARRIERS
BY MOTOR VEHICLES AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS

S. 935

A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT, AS AMENDED,
SO AS TO INCREASE FROM 2 TO 3 YEARS THE PERIOD OF LIMI-
TATION ON ACTIONS FOR UNDERCHARGES AND OVERCHHARGES
BY OR AGAINST RAILROAD CARRIERS, AND TO PROVIDE LIMITA-
TIONS ON THE TIME WITHIN WHICH ACTIONS MAY BE BROUGHT
FOR THE RECOVERY OF UNDERCHARGES AND OVERCHARGES BY
OR AGAINST COMMON CARRIERS BY MOTOR VEHICLE AND FREIGHT
FORWARDERS

S. 1194

A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT, WITH RE-
SPECT TO THE LIABILITY OF COMMON CARRIERS BY MOTOR
VEHICLE, COMMON CARRIERS BY WATER, AND FREIGHT FOR-
WARDERS FOR PAYMENT OF DAMAGES TO PERSONS INJURED BY
THEM THROUGH VIOLATIONS OF SUCH ACT

AND

S. 290-S. 2426

BILLS TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT, AS AMENDED

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SUBCOMMITTEE ON S. 290, S. 2426, S. 571, S. 935, S. 1194, AND H. R. 2759

CLYDE M. REED, Kansas, Chairman

ALBERT W. HAWKES, New Jersey

FRANCIS J. MYERS, Pennsylvania

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Fort, J. Carter, vice president and general counsel, Association of

American Railroads, Washington, D. C...

Krebs, Alfred U., counsel, National Federation of American Shipping,

Washington, D. C..........

Lacey, Edward F., executive secretary, the National Industrial Traffic

League, Washington, D. C...

La France, Francis X., representing the Narragansett Brewery Co.,

Providence, R. I..

Lawrence, John V., managing director, American Trucking Associa-

tions Inc., Washington, D. C.

Letts, David S., representing American Transit Association, Washing-
ton, D. C..--

Licht, Frank, representing the James Hanley Co., Providence, R. I.
Massie, Welford J., assistant general counsel, General Accounting
Office, Washington, D. C.......

Morrow, Giles, executive secretary and general counsel, Freight For-
warders Institute, Washington, D. C...

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Wilson, H. K., chief, Freight Subdivision, Claims Division, General
Accounting Office, Washington, D. C. -

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Schwietert, A. H., traffic director, the Chicago Association of Com-
merce and Industry, Chicago, Ill...

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Letter and memorandum from-

Durkin, Helen C., executive assistant, Bronx Chamber of Commerce,
Inc., New York, N. Y..

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TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT

UNDERCHARGES AND OVERCHARGES

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1948

UNITED STATES SENATE,

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON
INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C.

The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10:40 a. m,, in the committee room of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Senator Clyde M. Reed, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding. Present: Senators Reed, Hawkes, and Myers.

Senator REED. The hearing will come to order.

We have set this hearing for the purpose of taking testimony on a number of bills dealing with the same or related subjects. These bills include S. 571, S. 935, S. 1194, and H. R. 2759. We will not undertake to keep the testimony separate. The witnesses may testify as to any one of them or all of them, as they appear.

(The bills referred to follow :)

[S. 1194, 80th Cong., 1st sess.]

A BILL To amend the Interstate Commerce Act with respect to the liability of common carriers by motor vehicle, common carriers by water, and freight forwarders for payment of damages to persons injured by them through violations of such Act

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That part II of the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, is amended by inserting after section 204 thereof a new section as follows:

"SEC. 204a. (1) In case any common carrier by motor vehicle subject to the provisions of this part shall do, cause to be done, or permit to be done any act, matter, or thing in this part prohibited or declared to be unlawful, or shall omit to do any act, matter, or thing in this part required to be done, such carrier shall be liable to the person or persons injured thereby for the full amount of damages sustained in consenquence of any such violation of the provisions of this part, together with a reasonable counsel or attorney's fee, to be fixed by the court in every case of recovery, which attorney's fee shall be taxed and collected as part of the costs in the case.

"(2) Any person or persons claiming to be damaged by any common carrier by motor vehicle, subject to the provisions of this part, may either make complaint to the Commission or may bring suit in his or their own behalf for the recovery of the damages for which such carrier may be liable under the provisions of this part, in any district court of the United States of competent jurisdiction; but such person or persons shall not have the right to pursue both of said remedies.

"(3) If after hearing on a complaint, the Commission shall determine that any party complainant is entitled to an award of damages under the provisions of this part for a violation thereof, the Commission shall make an order directing the common carrier by motor vehicle to pay to the complainant the sum to which he is entitled on or before a day named.

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