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Confronting Federal Standards to Protect Businesses from Liability

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: Implement 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.