July 31, 2014

Justice Department weighs in on BNSF appeal

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing in on an appeal by BNSF railroad over a $145,000 judgment to a former employee hurt on the job, saying a judge’s order to pay the full amount without deducting federal railroad retirement taxes could be “harmful to the United States because … it may interfere with federal tax collection.”

The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 2004 by Eddie Heckman, who was injured on the job a year earlier.

Read the complete Associated Press article at The Omaha World Herald.