Thursday, February 6, 2020

Estes v. Whatman Hardwoods - Illustration of the Importance of Tariff Terms

Transportation Lawyers Association
Case Note
February 2020
Jeffrey Cox[1]

             Estes Express Lines v. Whatman Hardwoods, 2019 WL 2273847 / 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89332 (E.D. Va. 2019)

             This case is significant because it reaffirms the principle that a shipper has notice of a carrier’s tariff or terms and conditions through the execution of a bill of lading.

             Estes Express Lines (“Estes”) is a motor carrier based in Richmond, Virginia that specializes in the interstate transport of less than truckload freight. Whatman Hardwoods (“Whatman”) is an Ohio corporation that is engaged in the business of manufacturing various household furnishings using reclaimed wood.