Attorney Leonard M. Singer, Boston, MA  (617) 737-7670  (www.LeonardMSinger.com)

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49 U.S.C. § 14706. Liability of carriers under receipts and bills of lading

(d) Civil Actions.—

(1) Against delivering carrier.— A civil action under this section may be brought against a delivering carrier in a district court of the United States or in a State court. Trial, if the action is brought in a district court of the United States is in a judicial district, and if in a State court, is in a State through which the defendant carrier operates.

(2) Against carrier responsible for loss.— A civil action under this section may be brought against the carrier alleged to have caused the loss or damage, in the judicial district in which such loss or damage is alleged to have occurred.

(3) Jurisdiction of courts.— A civil action under this section may be brought in a United States district court or in a State court.

(4) Judicial district defined.— In this section, "judicial district" means—

(A) in the case of a United States district court, a judicial district of the United States; and

(B) in the case of a State court, the applicable geographic area over which such court exercises jurisdiction.

Do not act or rely upon this statute without ensuring that it is up to date and without seeking professional legal advice