Alcoa, Nova and others allege price-fixing by big U.S. railroads

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; October 2, 2019

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp., Nova Chemicals Inc. in Moon and several other companies that rely on freight trains to transport products have sued the four largest railroad companies in the U.S. alleging they engaged in illegal price-fixing.

The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Monday, claim CSX Transportation Inc., BNSF Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad conspired to increase profits by agreeing to impose “rate based” fuel surcharges that amounted to across-the-board rate increases on rail freight shipments.

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