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S. 3400: Ending Passenger Rail Forced Arbitration Act

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After a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania and another deadly 2017 Amtrak crash in Washington state, the taxpayer-funded railway and train line was sued by survivors or victims’ families. The Pennsylvania derailment lawsuits resulted in Amtrak paying out $265 million in 2016, while the Washington state lawsuits totalled $17 million in September 2019.

On the heels of those incidents, Amtrak amended its terms of service when passengers buy a ticket, starting in January 2019. Under the new rules, any potential legal action against Amtrak would have to be settled via forced arbitration, eliminating the option to sue them in court.

Several kinds of claims against Amtrak are explicitly prohibited from being the subject of lawsuits, including “gross negligence, physical impairment ...

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Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 5, 2020
Length: 7 pages
Mar 5, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Mar 5, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 5, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Mar 5, 2020

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