Eleven Mexican trucking
companies filed a $4 billion class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming the
U.S. government illegally denied them access throughout the United States
in accordance with the North American Free Trade Agreement. The $4 billion
includes business and profits lost since 1995.
The complaint, filed
in U.S. District Court in Brownsville, alleges federal agencies - including
the U.S. Department of Transportation - violated NAFTA by denying them permits
to operate within the U.S. interior and violated the U.S. Constitution by
allowing Canadian firms more access than Mexican companies. It also says U.S.
officials discriminated against Mexican nationals by denying Mexican truckers
the ability to invest in, own or control trucking companies based in the United
The companies are Guillermo
Berriochoa Lopez; Transportes Intermex, S.A. de C.V.; S'Antonio Transportes,
S.A. de C.V.; Jose Silvino Magana Lopez; Jose Alfredo Magana Lopez; Miguel
Angel De La Rosa Sanchez; Servico Tecnico Automotriz Perisur, S.A. de C.V.;
Tomas De La Rosa Parra; Ernesto Vallet Haces; Max E. Burton; and Carlos Berriochoa.