Mexican trucking companies sue U.S. government

| 12/20/2001

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 States.

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.