Confronting Federal Standards to Protect Businesses from Liability

  • Government Relations

Challenge

Truck and car rental and leasing companies called on the Podesta Group when they were seeking a federal standard to exclude non-negligent motor vehicle rental and leasing companies from liability for the actions of a licensed customer when they were operating a safe vehicle.
 
Strategy

mplement a strategy that focused on congressional leaders as well as key House Transportation Committee and Senate Commerce Committee members.  Once the amendment was passed on the House side, focus on getting a similar amendment in the Senate, where it had not yet been included. And finally, initiate a conference strategy to both protect the amendment in the House and ensure its inclusion in the Senate.

Result

In the end, the Podesta Group was successful and the amendment was included in the final Transportation authorization bill.