Events & Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA)


"Transportation, Logistics and the Law" for 3PLs.

Identifying and Minimizing Legal Risks in the Supply Chain
Hosted by Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting

August 2nd and 3rd, 2018
6000 Clearwater Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343

Robert Voltmann, President & CEO of the TIA says ..."These seminars are designed for non-lawyers to help keep you out of trouble. Everyone involved in the 3PL industry should attend this seminar."

Even if you've attended Brent's Transportation, Logistics and the Law seminar in the past, you won't want to miss this course with valuable AND current information. This course is an industry-leading legal workshop for 3PLs to learn about the laws that govern your business and help you make the right call when you have important legal questions

The TIA welcomes all members of the transportation community – shippers, carriers, insurance professionals, factors, freight payment and audit professionals, and attorneys. The topics covered in this course are just as important for all transportation professionals to know and understand as it is for brokers

Topic Includes

  • Vicarious Liability: the effects of the 2015 FAST Act and recent court cases that help reduce the exposure to vicarious liability for highway accidents.
  • Liability for freight charges and exposure to having to pay freight charges twice.
  • Minimizing financial risks of loss of discount and late payment penalties.
  • The ways a broker can be held liable for cargo claims.
  • The provisions of MAP-21 and how it affects brokers, carriers and shippers.
  • How to comply with the new regulations governing food shipments.

Brent Wm. Primus, the course presenter, says ... "While shippers need to know how to pursue claims and carriers need to know how to defend claims, intermediaries need to know how to do both. One day they may be persuading one of their carriers to pay a claim to a shipper customer... and then on the next day explaining to an upset shipper customer why the carrier was justified in denying their claim."

  • Loss and Damage Claims: the basics of both pursuing AND defending claims as a 3PL... and the effect the regulations under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) will have on claims.
  • Cargo Liability Insurance: what it is ... and what it isn't.
  • The insurance policies a broker should have.

Brent also says ... "that holds true for contracts as well. While a shipper needs to know how to contract with carriers and carriers need to know how to contract with shippers, intermediaries need to know how to do both without getting caught in the middle.".

  • Contracts: an overview of contracts between brokers, carriers and shippers, including crucial negotiation and drafting issues.
  • Insurance coverage: additional insured's, waiver of subrogation, and limitations of liability.
  • The importance of harmonizing the provisions of a broker's contracts with carriers with the provisions of the broker's contracts with shippers.

The closing session provides time for discussion of case studies AND questions from the audience about problems and situations which they have encountered.

☺ Critical addition to the 2018 agenda ☺
Thursday evening networking happy hour with complimentary hors d'oeuvres!

Registration fee includes a 150+ page Course Handbook.
This course is eligible for 12 hours of CCPAC Continuing Education Credits.
This course is also eligible for CLE credits; however individual registrants are responsible for their state’s accreditation fee. Note: some States’ fees are significantly higher when applied for after the seminar. Please contact as soon as possible if CLE credits are needed.

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It's all about risk!

Transportation, Logistics and the Law for Parcel Shippers: 2018 Edition

September 24, 2018
Presented by Parcel columnist Brent Primus, J.D.,
Attorney and CEO, Primus Law Office, P.A.; Senior Editor, transportlawtexts, Inc
Chicago, IL

Session Takeaways:

The goal of this course is to provide a working knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the supply chain... in order to identify... and minimize... legal and financial risk.

The Main Event (9:00am-1:00pm)


  • What's a parcel shipper? Shippers, Consignors, and Consignees - who is who? and which is what?
  • 5 Most Important Things to Know about the Laws Governing the Supply Chain: Legal differences between a carrier and an intermediary, limitations on a carrier's liability for loss and damage to cargo, legal significance of bills of lading, critical time limits and the distinction between a carrier's liability and insurance
  • 2018 Regulatory Update: To be determined based on developments in Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and elsewhere during the spring and summer of 2018.
  • The Legal Characteristics of UPS and FedEx: UPS started as a motor carrier and FedEx started as an air carrier but both have grown to become much more

Focus on Contracts

  • Critical difference between contracting with UPS/FedEx as opposed to LTL motor carriers
  • Pricing agreements, bills of lading, tariffs, and the NMFC
  • Individually Negotiated Contracts: The five basic issues in transportation contracting, Federal statute governing contracts with motor carriers and the so-called anti-indemnification statutes
  • Current Issues in Contracting: Including insurance coverage, additional insured, waiver of subrogation, limitations of liability, indemnification provisions, consignee charge backs and other "touchy subjects"

Interactive Q&A: Questions and discussion from the audience based on problems and situations they have encountered

Special Afternoon Matinee (2:00pm-4:00pm)

SPECIAL DRILL-DOWN COURSE: Loss and Damage Claims: A snapshot overview of claims filing and administration, domestic air carriers, Carmack Amendment & rail and motor carriers, Warsaw Convention & international air carriers; Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) and ocean carriers and NVOCCs.

Registration includes a 170-plus-page course manual, including critical statutes and regulations and other valuable information for day-to-day reference. Note: To ensure receiving the course manual at the workshop, it is necessary to register by September 14, 2018. Attendees registered after that date will be mailed a course manual after the seminar. Note: exact agenda to be determined based on industry and legal developments.

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QUESTIONS? Send inquiries to or call us at (612) 333-0909