Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, 51375-51377 [E7-17689]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board 49 CFR Parts 1002, 1111, 1114, and 1115 [STB Ex Parte No. 646 (Sub–No. 1)] Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES ACTION: Final rulemaking. SUMMARY: On September 5, 2007, the Board served a decision that modifies its simplified rail rate guidelines, creating a simplified stand-alone cost approach for medium-size rail rate disputes and revising its three-benchmark approach for smaller rail rate disputes. The Board also places limits on the total relief available over a 5-year period under these two simplified approaches. Several rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) have been updated to reflect the changes in the simplified rail rate dispute approaches. DATES: This action is effective October 7, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy J. Strafford, (202) 245–0356. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 5, 2007, the Board served a decision that modifies its simplified rail rate guidelines, creating a simplified stand-alone approach for medium-size rail rate disputes and revising its threebenchmark approach for smaller rail rate disputes. The Board also places limits on the total relief available over a 5-year period under these two simplified approaches. Under the new rail rate guidelines, rather than the Board declaring eligibility thresholds, the shipper will be required to determine which rate relief method will be applied to its case, with the understanding that there will be limits on the amount of relief available over a 5-year period based on the approach selected. The following limits will apply: Three-benchmark, $1 million over 5 years; and Simplified stand-alone cost, $5 million over 5 years. To reflect the changes in this decision, the following sections of the CFR have been amended: 1111.1, 1111.2, 1111.4, 1111.9, 1111.10, 1114.21, 1114.22, 1114.26, 1114.30, 1114.31, and 1115.9. The Board’s full decision is posted on the Board’s Web site, http:// www.stb.dot.gov. To purchase a copy of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:45 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 the full decision, write to, e-mail, or call: ASAP Document Solutions, 9332 Annapolis Rd., Suite 103, Lanham, MD 20706; e-mail: asapdc@verizon.net; telephone: (202) 306–4004. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 1–800–877–8339.] Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), we conclude that our action in this proceeding will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 49 U.S.C. 10701(d)(1) and (3). Decided: September 4, 2007. By the Board, Chairman Nottingham, ViceChairman Buttrey, and Commissioner Mulvey. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. List of Subjects 49 CFR Part 1002 Administrative practice and procedure, Common carriers, Freedom of Information. 49 CFR Part 1111 Administrative practice and procedure, Investigations, 49 CFR Parts 1114 and 1115 Administrative practice and procedure. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Surface Transportation Board amends parts 1002, 1111, 1114, and 1115 of title 49, chapter X of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: I PART 1002—FEES 1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701; and 49 U.S.C. 721. Section 1002.1(g)(11) also issued under 5 U.S.C. 5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3717. 2. Amend § 1002.2 by revising paragraphs (f)(56)(ii) through (v) and adding paragraph (f)(56)(vi) to read as follows: I § 1002.2 Filing fees. * * * * * (f) * * * (56) * * * (ii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Simplified-SAC methodology—10,600. (iii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Three Benchmark methodology—150. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51375 (iv) All other formal complaints (except competitive access complaints)—17,600. (v) Competitive access complaints— 150. (vi) A request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish a common carrier rate—200. * * * * * PART 1111—COMPLAINT AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES 3. The authority citation for part 1111 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 10704, and 11701. 4. Amend § 1111.1 by revising paragraphs (a)(1) through (10), redesignate paragraphs (b) through (d) as paragraphs (c) through (e) respectively, and add a new paragraph (b) to read as follows: I § 1111.1 joinder. Content of formal complaints; (a) * * * (1) The carrier or region identifier. (2) The type of shipment (local, received-terminated, etc.). (3) The one-way distance of the shipment. (4) The type of car (by URCS code). (5) The number of cars. (6) The car ownership (private or railroad). (7) The commodity type (STCC code). (8) The weight of the shipment (in tons per car). (9) The type of movement (individual, multi-car, or unit train). (10) A narrative addressing whether there is any feasible transportation alternative for the challenged movements. (b) Disclosure with simplified standards complaint. The complainant must provide to the defendant all documents relied upon in formulating its assessment of a feasible transportation alternative and all documents relied upon to determine the inputs to the URCS Phase III program. * * * * * I 5. Revise § 1111.2 to read as follows: § 1111.2 Amended and supplemental complaints. (a) Generally. An amended or supplemental complaint may be tendered for filing by a complainant against a defendant or defendants named in the original complaint, stating a cause of action alleged to have accrued within the statutory period immediately preceding the date of such tender, in favor of complainant and against the defendant or defendants. The time E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1 51376 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Rules and Regulations limits for responding to an amended or supplemental complaint are computed pursuant to §§ 1111.4 and 1111.5 of this part, as if the amended or supplemental complaint was an original complaint. (b) Simplified standards. A complaint filed under the simplified standards may be amended once before the filing of opening evidence to opt for a different rate reasonableness methodology, among Three-Benchmark, Simplified-SAC or Full-SAC. If so amended, the procedural schedule begins again under the new methodology as set forth at §§ 1111.8 and 1111.9. However, only one mediation period per complaint shall be required. I 6. Revise § 1111.4 to read as follows: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 1111.4 Answers and cross complaints. (a) Generally. An answer shall be filed within the time provided in paragraph (c) of this section. An answer should be responsive to the complaint and should fully advise the Board and the parties of the nature of the defense. In answering a complaint challenging the reasonableness of a rail rate, the defendant should indicate whether it will contend that the Board is deprived of jurisdiction to hear the complaint because the revenue-variable cost percentage generated by the traffic is less than 180 percent, or the traffic is subject to effective product or geographic competition. In response to a complaint filed under the simplified standards, the answer must include the defendant’s preliminary estimate of the variable cost of each challenged movement calculated using the unadjusted figures produced by the URCS Phase III program. (b) Disclosure with simplified standards answer. The defendant must provide to the complainant all documents that it relied upon to determine the inputs used in the URCS Phase III program. (c) Time for filing; copies; service. An answer must be filed within 20 days after the service of the complaint or within such additional time as the Board may provide. The original and 10 copies of an answer must be filed with the Board. The defendant must serve copies of the answer upon the complainant and any other defendants. (d) Cross complaints. A cross complaint alleging violations by other parties to the proceeding or seeking relief against them may be filed with the answer. An answer to a cross complaint shall be filed within 20 days after the service date of the cross complaint. The party shall serve copies of an answer to a cross complaint upon the other parties. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:45 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 (e) Failure to answer complaint. Averments in a complaint are admitted when not denied in an answer to the complaint. I 7. Revise § 1111.9 to read as follows: § 1111.9 Procedural schedule in cases using simplified standards. (a) Procedural schedule. Absent a specific order by the Board, the following general procedural schedules will apply in cases using the simplified standards: (1) In cases relying upon the Simplified-SAC methodology: Day 0—Complaint filed (including complainant’s disclosure). Day 10—Mediation begins. Day 20—Defendant’s answer to complaint (including defendant’s initial disclosure). Day 30—Mediation ends; discovery begins. Day 140—Defendant’s second disclosure. Day 150—Discovery closes. Day 220—Opening evidence. Day 280—Reply evidence. Day 310—Rebuttal evidence Day 320—Technical conference (market dominance and merits). Day 330—Final briefs. (2) In cases relying upon the ThreeBenchmark method: Day 0—Complaint filed (including complainant’s disclosure). Day 10—Mediation begins. (STB production of unmasked Waybill Sample.) Day 20—Defendant’s answer to complaint (including defendant’s initial disclosure). Day 30—Mediation ends; discovery begins. Day 60—Discovery closes. Day 90—Complainant’s opening (initial tender of comparison group and opening evidence on market dominance). Defendant’s opening (initial tender of comparison group). Day 95—Technical conference on comparison group. Day 120—Parties’ final tenders on comparison group. Defendant’s reply on market dominance. Day 150—Parties’ replies to final tenders. Complainant’s rebuttal on market dominance. (b) Defendant’s second disclosure. In cases using the Simplified-SAC methodology, the defendant must make the following disclosures to the complainant by Day 170 of the procedural schedule. (1) Identification of all traffic that moved over the routes replicated by the SARR in the Test Year. (2) Information about those movements, in electronic format, PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 aggregated by origin-destination pair and shipper, showing the origin, destination, volume, and total revenues from each movement. (3) Total operating and equipment cost calculations for each of those movements, provided in electronic format. (4) Revenue allocation for the onSARR portion of each cross-over movement in the traffic group provided in electronic format. (5) Total trackage rights payments paid or received during the Test Year associated with the route replicated by the SARR. (6) All workpapers and documentation necessary to support the calculations. (c) Conferences with parties. The Board may convene a conference of the parties with Board staff to facilitate voluntary resolution of discovery disputes and to address technical issues that may arise. (d) Complaint filed with a petition to revoke a class exemption. If a complaint is filed simultaneously with a petition to revoke a class exemption, the Board will take no action on the complaint and the procedural schedule will be held in abeyance automatically until the petition to revoke is adjudicated. I 8. Revise § 1111.10 to read as follows: § 1111.10 matters. Meeting to discuss procedural (a) Generally. In all complaint proceedings, other than those challenging the reasonableness of a rail rate based on stand-alone cost or the simplified standards, the parties shall meet, or discuss by telephone, discovery and procedural matters within 12 days after an answer to a complaint is filed. Within 19 days after an answer to a complaint is filed, the parties, either jointly or separately, shall file a report with the Board setting forth a proposed procedural schedule to govern future activities and deadlines in the case. (b) Stand-alone cost or simplified standards complaints. In complaints challenging the reasonableness of a rail rate based on stand-alone cost or the simplified standards, the parties shall meet, or discuss by telephone, discovery and procedural matters within 7 days after the mediation period ends. The parties should inform the Board as soon as possible thereafter whether there are unresolved disputes that require Board intervention and, if so, the nature of such disputes. PART 1114—EVIDENCE; DISCOVERY 9. The authority citation for part 1114 continues to read as follows: I E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 5 U.S.C. 559; 49 U.S.C. 721. 10. Amend § 1114.21 by adding paragraph (a)(3) to read as follows: I § 1114.21 Applicability; general provisions. (a) * * * (3) In cases using the simplified standards Three-Benchmark method, the number of discovery requests that either party can submit is limited as set forth in §§ 1114.22, 1114.26, and 1114.30, absent advance authorization from the Board. * * * * * I 11. Amend § 1114.22 by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows: § 1114.22 Deposition. * * * * * (c) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the ThreeBenchmark methodology, each party is limited to one deposition absent advance authorization from the Board. * * * * * I 12. Amend § 1114.26 by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows: § 1114.26 parties. Written interrogatories to * * * * * (d) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the ThreeBenchmark methodology, each party is limited to ten interrogatories (including subparts) absent advance authorization from the Board. I 13. Amend § 1114.30 by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows: § 1114.30 Production of documents and records and entry upon land for inspection and other purposes. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES * * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 * * 17:45 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 (c) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the ThreeBenchmark methodology, each party is limited to ten document requests (including subparts) absent advance authorization from the Board. I 14. Amend § 1114.31 by revising paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(4) to read as follows: § 1114.31 Failure to respond to discovery. (a) * * * (1) Reply to motion to compel generally. Except in rate cases to be considered under the stand-alone cost methodology or simplified standards, the time for filing a reply to a motion to compel is governed by 49 CFR 1104.13. (2) Reply to motion to compel in stand-alone cost and simplified standards rate cases. A reply to a motion to compel must be filed with the Board within 10 days thereafter in a rate case to be considered under the standalone cost methodology or under the simplified standards. (3) Conference with parties on motion to compel. Within 5 business days after the filing of a reply to a motion to compel in a rate case to be considered under the stand-alone cost methodology or under the simplified standards, Board staff may convene a conference with the parties to discuss the dispute, attempt to narrow the issues, and gather any further information needed to render a ruling. (4) Ruling on motion to compel in stand-alone cost and simplified standards rate cases. Within 5 business days after a conference with the parties convened pursuant to paragraph (a)(3) of this section, the Secretary will issue PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51377 a summary ruling on the motion to compel discovery. If no conference is convened, the Secretary will issue this summary ruling within 10 days after the filing of the reply to the motion to compel. Appeals of a Secretary’s ruling will proceed under 49 CFR 1115.9, and the Board will attempt to rule on such appeals within 20 days after the filing of the reply to the appeal. * * * * * PART 1115—APPELLATE PROCEDURES 15. The authority citation for part 1115 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 5 U.S.C. 559; 49 U.S.C. 721. 16. Amend § 1115.9 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: I § 1115.9 Interlocutory appeals. * * * * * (b) In stand-alone cost complaints or in cases filed under the simplified standards, any interlocutory appeal of a ruling shall be filed with the Board within three (3) business days of the ruling. Replies to any interlocutory appeal shall be filed with the Board within three (3) business days after the filing of any such appeal. In all other cases, interlocutory appeals shall be filed with the Board within seven (7) calendar days of the ruling and replies to interlocutory appeals shall be filed with Board within seven (7) calendar days after the filing of any such appeal as computed under 49 CFR 1104.7. [FR Doc. E7–17689 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

49 CFR Parts 1002, 1111, 1114, and 1115

[STB Ex Parte No. 646 (Sub-No. 1)]


Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.

ACTION: Final rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: On September 5, 2007, the Board served a decision that 
modifies its simplified rail rate guidelines, creating a simplified 
stand-alone cost approach for medium-size rail rate disputes and 
revising its three-benchmark approach for smaller rail rate disputes. 
The Board also places limits on the total relief available over a 5-
year period under these two simplified approaches. Several rules in the 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) have been updated to reflect the 
changes in the simplified rail rate dispute approaches.

DATES: This action is effective October 7, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy J. Strafford, (202) 245-0356. 
[Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 5, 2007, the Board served a 
decision that modifies its simplified rail rate guidelines, creating a 
simplified stand-alone approach for medium-size rail rate disputes and 
revising its three-benchmark approach for smaller rail rate disputes. 
The Board also places limits on the total relief available over a 5-
year period under these two simplified approaches. Under the new rail 
rate guidelines, rather than the Board declaring eligibility 
thresholds, the shipper will be required to determine which rate relief 
method will be applied to its case, with the understanding that there 
will be limits on the amount of relief available over a 5-year period 
based on the approach selected. The following limits will apply: Three-
benchmark, $1 million over 5 years; and Simplified stand-alone cost, $5 
million over 5 years. To reflect the changes in this decision, the 
following sections of the CFR have been amended: 1111.1, 1111.2, 
1111.4, 1111.9, 1111.10, 1114.21, 1114.22, 1114.26, 1114.30, 1114.31, 
and 1115.9.
    The Board's full decision is posted on the Board's Web site, http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov. To purchase a copy of the full decision, write to, e-
mail, or call: ASAP Document Solutions, 9332 Annapolis Rd., Suite 103, 
Lanham, MD 20706; e-mail: asapdc@verizon.net; telephone: (202) 306-
4004. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 
1-800-877-8339.]
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), we conclude that our action in this 
proceeding will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 49 U.S.C. 10701(d)(1) and (3).

    Decided: September 4, 2007.

    By the Board, Chairman Nottingham, Vice-Chairman Buttrey, and 
Commissioner Mulvey.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.

List of Subjects

49 CFR Part 1002

    Administrative practice and procedure, Common carriers, Freedom of 
Information.

49 CFR Part 1111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Investigations,

49 CFR Parts 1114 and 1115

    Administrative practice and procedure.


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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Surface Transportation 
Board amends parts 1002, 1111, 1114, and 1115 of title 49, chapter X of 
the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 1002--FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701; and 49 
U.S.C. 721. Section 1002.1(g)(11) also issued under 5 U.S.C. 5514 
and 31 U.S.C. 3717.

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2. Amend Sec.  1002.2 by revising paragraphs (f)(56)(ii) through (v) 
and adding paragraph (f)(56)(vi) to read as follows:


Sec.  1002.2  Filing fees.

* * * * *
    (f) * * *
    (56) * * *
    (ii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under 
the Simplified-SAC methodology--10,600.
    (iii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under 
the Three Benchmark methodology--150.
    (iv) All other formal complaints (except competitive access 
complaints)--17,600.
    (v) Competitive access complaints--150.
    (vi) A request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish 
a common carrier rate--200.
* * * * *

PART 1111--COMPLAINT AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

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3. The authority citation for part 1111 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 721, 10704, and 11701.


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4. Amend Sec.  1111.1 by revising paragraphs (a)(1) through (10), 
redesignate paragraphs (b) through (d) as paragraphs (c) through (e) 
respectively, and add a new paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  1111.1  Content of formal complaints; joinder.

    (a) * * *
    (1) The carrier or region identifier.
    (2) The type of shipment (local, received-terminated, etc.).
    (3) The one-way distance of the shipment.
    (4) The type of car (by URCS code).
    (5) The number of cars.
    (6) The car ownership (private or railroad).
    (7) The commodity type (STCC code).
    (8) The weight of the shipment (in tons per car).
    (9) The type of movement (individual, multi-car, or unit train).
    (10) A narrative addressing whether there is any feasible 
transportation alternative for the challenged movements.
    (b) Disclosure with simplified standards complaint. The complainant 
must provide to the defendant all documents relied upon in formulating 
its assessment of a feasible transportation alternative and all 
documents relied upon to determine the inputs to the URCS Phase III 
program.
* * * * *

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5. Revise Sec.  1111.2 to read as follows:


Sec.  1111.2  Amended and supplemental complaints.

    (a) Generally. An amended or supplemental complaint may be tendered 
for filing by a complainant against a defendant or defendants named in 
the original complaint, stating a cause of action alleged to have 
accrued within the statutory period immediately preceding the date of 
such tender, in favor of complainant and against the defendant or 
defendants. The time

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limits for responding to an amended or supplemental complaint are 
computed pursuant to Sec. Sec.  1111.4 and 1111.5 of this part, as if 
the amended or supplemental complaint was an original complaint.
    (b) Simplified standards. A complaint filed under the simplified 
standards may be amended once before the filing of opening evidence to 
opt for a different rate reasonableness methodology, among Three-
Benchmark, Simplified-SAC or Full-SAC. If so amended, the procedural 
schedule begins again under the new methodology as set forth at 
Sec. Sec.  1111.8 and 1111.9. However, only one mediation period per 
complaint shall be required.

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6. Revise Sec.  1111.4 to read as follows:


Sec.  1111.4  Answers and cross complaints.

    (a) Generally. An answer shall be filed within the time provided in 
paragraph (c) of this section. An answer should be responsive to the 
complaint and should fully advise the Board and the parties of the 
nature of the defense. In answering a complaint challenging the 
reasonableness of a rail rate, the defendant should indicate whether it 
will contend that the Board is deprived of jurisdiction to hear the 
complaint because the revenue-variable cost percentage generated by the 
traffic is less than 180 percent, or the traffic is subject to 
effective product or geographic competition. In response to a complaint 
filed under the simplified standards, the answer must include the 
defendant's preliminary estimate of the variable cost of each 
challenged movement calculated using the unadjusted figures produced by 
the URCS Phase III program.
    (b) Disclosure with simplified standards answer. The defendant must 
provide to the complainant all documents that it relied upon to 
determine the inputs used in the URCS Phase III program.
    (c) Time for filing; copies; service. An answer must be filed 
within 20 days after the service of the complaint or within such 
additional time as the Board may provide. The original and 10 copies of 
an answer must be filed with the Board. The defendant must serve copies 
of the answer upon the complainant and any other defendants.
    (d) Cross complaints. A cross complaint alleging violations by 
other parties to the proceeding or seeking relief against them may be 
filed with the answer. An answer to a cross complaint shall be filed 
within 20 days after the service date of the cross complaint. The party 
shall serve copies of an answer to a cross complaint upon the other 
parties.
    (e) Failure to answer complaint. Averments in a complaint are 
admitted when not denied in an answer to the complaint.

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7. Revise Sec.  1111.9 to read as follows:


Sec.  1111.9  Procedural schedule in cases using simplified standards.

    (a) Procedural schedule. Absent a specific order by the Board, the 
following general procedural schedules will apply in cases using the 
simplified standards:
    (1) In cases relying upon the Simplified-SAC methodology:
Day 0--Complaint filed (including complainant's disclosure).
Day 10--Mediation begins.
Day 20--Defendant's answer to complaint (including defendant's initial 
disclosure).
Day 30--Mediation ends; discovery begins.
Day 140--Defendant's second disclosure.
Day 150--Discovery closes.
Day 220--Opening evidence.
Day 280--Reply evidence.
Day 310--Rebuttal evidence
Day 320--Technical conference (market dominance and merits).
Day 330--Final briefs.

    (2) In cases relying upon the Three-Benchmark method:

Day 0--Complaint filed (including complainant's disclosure).
Day 10--Mediation begins. (STB production of unmasked Waybill Sample.)
Day 20--Defendant's answer to complaint (including defendant's initial 
disclosure).
Day 30--Mediation ends; discovery begins.
Day 60--Discovery closes.
Day 90--Complainant's opening (initial tender of comparison group and 
opening evidence on market dominance). Defendant's opening (initial 
tender of comparison group).
Day 95--Technical conference on comparison group.
Day 120--Parties' final tenders on comparison group. Defendant's reply 
on market dominance.
Day 150--Parties' replies to final tenders. Complainant's rebuttal on 
market dominance.

    (b) Defendant's second disclosure. In cases using the Simplified-
SAC methodology, the defendant must make the following disclosures to 
the complainant by Day 170 of the procedural schedule.
    (1) Identification of all traffic that moved over the routes 
replicated by the SARR in the Test Year.
    (2) Information about those movements, in electronic format, 
aggregated by origin-destination pair and shipper, showing the origin, 
destination, volume, and total revenues from each movement.
    (3) Total operating and equipment cost calculations for each of 
those movements, provided in electronic format.
    (4) Revenue allocation for the on-SARR portion of each cross-over 
movement in the traffic group provided in electronic format.
    (5) Total trackage rights payments paid or received during the Test 
Year associated with the route replicated by the SARR.
    (6) All workpapers and documentation necessary to support the 
calculations.
    (c) Conferences with parties. The Board may convene a conference of 
the parties with Board staff to facilitate voluntary resolution of 
discovery disputes and to address technical issues that may arise.
    (d) Complaint filed with a petition to revoke a class exemption. If 
a complaint is filed simultaneously with a petition to revoke a class 
exemption, the Board will take no action on the complaint and the 
procedural schedule will be held in abeyance automatically until the 
petition to revoke is adjudicated.

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8. Revise Sec.  1111.10 to read as follows:


Sec.  1111.10  Meeting to discuss procedural matters.

    (a) Generally. In all complaint proceedings, other than those 
challenging the reasonableness of a rail rate based on stand-alone cost 
or the simplified standards, the parties shall meet, or discuss by 
telephone, discovery and procedural matters within 12 days after an 
answer to a complaint is filed. Within 19 days after an answer to a 
complaint is filed, the parties, either jointly or separately, shall 
file a report with the Board setting forth a proposed procedural 
schedule to govern future activities and deadlines in the case.
    (b) Stand-alone cost or simplified standards complaints. In 
complaints challenging the reasonableness of a rail rate based on 
stand-alone cost or the simplified standards, the parties shall meet, 
or discuss by telephone, discovery and procedural matters within 7 days 
after the mediation period ends. The parties should inform the Board as 
soon as possible thereafter whether there are unresolved disputes that 
require Board intervention and, if so, the nature of such disputes.

PART 1114--EVIDENCE; DISCOVERY

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9. The authority citation for part 1114 continues to read as follows:


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    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 559; 49 U.S.C. 721.

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10. Amend Sec.  1114.21 by adding paragraph (a)(3) to read as follows:


Sec.  1114.21  Applicability; general provisions.

    (a) * * *
    (3) In cases using the simplified standards Three-Benchmark method, 
the number of discovery requests that either party can submit is 
limited as set forth in Sec. Sec.  1114.22, 1114.26, and 1114.30, 
absent advance authorization from the Board.
* * * * *

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11. Amend Sec.  1114.22 by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  1114.22  Deposition.

* * * * *
    (c) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the 
Three-Benchmark methodology, each party is limited to one deposition 
absent advance authorization from the Board.
* * * * *

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12. Amend Sec.  1114.26 by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  1114.26  Written interrogatories to parties.

* * * * *
    (d) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the 
Three-Benchmark methodology, each party is limited to ten 
interrogatories (including subparts) absent advance authorization from 
the Board.

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13. Amend Sec.  1114.30 by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  1114.30  Production of documents and records and entry upon land 
for inspection and other purposes.

* * * * *
    (c) Limitation under simplified standards. In a case using the 
Three-Benchmark methodology, each party is limited to ten document 
requests (including subparts) absent advance authorization from the 
Board.

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14. Amend Sec.  1114.31 by revising paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), 
and (a)(4) to read as follows:


Sec.  1114.31  Failure to respond to discovery.

    (a) * * *
    (1) Reply to motion to compel generally. Except in rate cases to be 
considered under the stand-alone cost methodology or simplified 
standards, the time for filing a reply to a motion to compel is 
governed by 49 CFR 1104.13.
    (2) Reply to motion to compel in stand-alone cost and simplified 
standards rate cases. A reply to a motion to compel must be filed with 
the Board within 10 days thereafter in a rate case to be considered 
under the stand-alone cost methodology or under the simplified 
standards.
    (3) Conference with parties on motion to compel. Within 5 business 
days after the filing of a reply to a motion to compel in a rate case 
to be considered under the stand-alone cost methodology or under the 
simplified standards, Board staff may convene a conference with the 
parties to discuss the dispute, attempt to narrow the issues, and 
gather any further information needed to render a ruling.
    (4) Ruling on motion to compel in stand-alone cost and simplified 
standards rate cases. Within 5 business days after a conference with 
the parties convened pursuant to paragraph (a)(3) of this section, the 
Secretary will issue a summary ruling on the motion to compel 
discovery. If no conference is convened, the Secretary will issue this 
summary ruling within 10 days after the filing of the reply to the 
motion to compel. Appeals of a Secretary's ruling will proceed under 49 
CFR 1115.9, and the Board will attempt to rule on such appeals within 
20 days after the filing of the reply to the appeal.
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PART 1115--APPELLATE PROCEDURES

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15. The authority citation for part 1115 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 559; 49 U.S.C. 721.

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16. Amend Sec.  1115.9 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  1115.9  Interlocutory appeals.

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    (b) In stand-alone cost complaints or in cases filed under the 
simplified standards, any interlocutory appeal of a ruling shall be 
filed with the Board within three (3) business days of the ruling. 
Replies to any interlocutory appeal shall be filed with the Board 
within three (3) business days after the filing of any such appeal. In 
all other cases, interlocutory appeals shall be filed with the Board 
within seven (7) calendar days of the ruling and replies to 
interlocutory appeals shall be filed with Board within seven (7) 
calendar days after the filing of any such appeal as computed under 49 
CFR 1104.7.

 [FR Doc. E7-17689 Filed 9-6-07; 8:45 am]
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