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Landstar Ordered by Jury to Pay $40.2 Million for Truck Wreck

September 26, 2011

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Landstar System Inc. must pay $40.2 million after a state court in Marietta, Georgia, found it liable for a 2007 truck wreck.

The trucking company, based in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a Sept. 23 regulatory filing that it took a $5 million charge for the litigation and insurance will cover the remaining costs of the lawsuit.

Theresa Foster, 49, sued the company after a Landstar-owned truck driven by Stephen Collins ran a stop sign and killed her husband Bill, 46, according to her lawyer, Matt Flournoy. Collins wasn’t a Landstar employee, Flournoy said today in a phone interview.

Under Georgia law, Landstar is liable for the accident. Collins, who owned the truck cab and not the tractor-trailer, wasn’t a defendant in the trial, Flournoy said.

Landstar and its insurers will appeal the award, according to the regulatory filing.

“We feel confident this will stand up on appeal,” Flournoy said.

The case is Foster v. Landstar Ranger Inc., 09-a-1698-2 State Court of Cobb County, State of Georgia (Marietta).

--Editor: Michael Hytha, Andrew Dunn

To contact the reporter on this story: Laurence Viele Davidson in Atlanta at lviele@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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