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Japanese shipping company suing Union Pacific over solar panels stolen from train

ONE could be held liable for not delivering solar panels

Japanese container shipping company Ocean Network Express is suing Union Pacific over cargo theft that occurred on UP’s intermodal trains.

According to ONE’s legal filing in the U.S. District Court for Nebraska, UP (NYSE: UNP) was contracted to deliver solar panels from China to Salt Lake City via the Port of Los Angeles, but when the panels arrived at Salt Lake City, the container’s door was missing and the panels had been stolen.

ONE estimates the claim for failing to deliver the solar panels is worth just under $15,800. If ONE is held liable for the claim, UP should also be held responsible for failing to deliver the cargo, attorneys for ONE argued.

“ONE is entitled to indemnity against Union Pacific for any and all sums which ONE may be required to pay on the underlying claim, whether by judgment or settlement, including attorneys’ fees and expenses,” ONE said in its June 3 filing.

UP didn’t return a request for comment. But last fall and through January, UP was experiencing a spike in robberies on the railroad’s property in Los Angeles.

The thefts involved trespassers climbing onto trains and breaking into cargo containers, and UP sought local and state help in addressing the spike in addition to deploying its own police force. UP was also pressing local law enforcement for stricter penalties. 

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the theft took place in Southern California. In fact, it’s unclear where it occurred.

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Joanna Marsh

Joanna is a Washington, DC-based writer covering the freight railroad industry. She has worked for Argus Media as a contributing reporter for Argus Rail Business and as a market reporter for Argus Coal Daily.

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