The purpose of this article is neither to engage in an overly technical legal analysis nor to disparage motor carriers who bring “double liability” claims against financially viable shippers/consignees; after all the trucking company has performed a valuable service and is simply trying to be paid “once” for that service - even though the financially viable shipper or consignee may have to pay twice with the bankrupt/insolvent third party absconding. The purpose of this article is generally to provide some “front-end” practical suggestions to shippers/ consignees in how to avoid being in court on one of these claims in the first place and more specifically how to do so by exercising due diligence in selecting a freight broker for transportation needs.
Huff, Roger F. (2009). Avoiding shipper/consignee double payment liability. Journal of Transportation Management, 21(2), 65-69. doi: 10.22237/jotm/1254355560