Legislation Introduced to Allow Amtrak Lawsuits | State and regional news


Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near Joplin, MT, which killed three people and left seven hospitalized.

HELENA, Mont. – Two Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday introduced a bill to end an arbitration clause that Amtrak implemented in January 2019 and give customers the right to sue passenger rail service to resolve disputes.

“This bill will restore vital legal rights to travelers who are injured on Amtrak trains and seek just redress,” said US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut in a statement about his legislation.

The bills were introduced just over a month after a westbound Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, killing three people and injuring dozens more.

“Amtrak’s current forced arbitration and class action ban policies are unfair and unfair,” said Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

“Passengers are often unaware that they gave up their legal rights by purchasing a ticket until the worst happened, as so many passengers affected by the Montana crash discovered firsthand. Legal liability will be a powerful incentive for safer Amtrak practices, ”he said.

U.S. Representative Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced a companion bill to the House.

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