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Federal Highway Administration/AASHTO Joint Task Force Finds No Further Crash Testing Warranted for Trinity Highway Products’ ET Plus® System
DALLAS – September 14, 2015 – The Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (“AASHTO”) have announced the results from a second joint task force formed to determine whether there is any evidence of performance limitations unique to the ET Plus® System, an extruding w-beam guardrail terminal system manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN), and the degree to which any such performance limitations extend to other brands of extruding w-beam guardrail terminals (see link to the report provided at the end of this release)...Read More

 
Trinity Industries, Inc. Provides Update on ET Plus® System
DALLAS – August 27, 2015 – Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) has learned that the Virginia Department of Transportation (“VDOT”) intends to conduct additional crash testing of the ET Plus® System. The following statement is attributable to Trinity spokesman Jeff Eller: 

“We do not believe additional tests are needed. The ET Plus® System successfully passed all eight Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) requested tests. VDOT officials observed each test. Those tests were validated by an independent expert, Dr. Clay Gabler from Virginia Tech, and conducted under approved NCHRP 350 guidelines. The ET Plus® has been installed on Virginia roadways for more than eight years and VDOT recently confirmed to the FHWA that the ET Plus® end terminals are performing as expected. The ET Plus® System has been successfully crash tested more times than any product of its kind. It has an unbroken chain of eligibility for federal-aid reimbursement from the FHWA.”
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Trinity Highway Products ET Plus® System Passes All Eight NCHRP Report 350 Tests
DALLAS – March 13, 2015 – (NYSE: TRN) – The ET Plus® System has passed all eight Federal Highway Administration requested crash tests. 

The FHWA today released results for the final four crash tests of the ET Plus® System, confirming all four tests passed. The four tests were conducted at the 31” installation height and are the final four of eight tests requested by the FHWA last October. All eight tests were conducted under National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350 criteria. Report 350 sets forth the performance evaluation criteria applicable to the ET Plus® System and many other roadside safety features used on U.S. highways...Read More

 
LITIGATION UPDATES & STATEMENTS

Trinity Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reply Brief (July 21, 2016)...Read More 

Trinity Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Opening Brief...Read More 

  • Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More 

  • National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Tort Reform Association Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More 

  • Former U.S. Department of Justice Officials Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More 

  • Cato Institute Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More

  • Washington Legal Foundation Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants...Read More 

 

Trinity Industries, Inc. Addresses Judgment in the Eastern District of Texas and Announces It Intends to Seek Reversal of Judgment

DALLAS – June 9, 2015 – Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) today announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, has entered judgment in the federal False Claims Act (the “Act”) case filed against the Company by Joshua Harman involving the ET Plus® System (“ET Plus”). Trinity Highway Products, LLC manufactures the ET Plus pursuant to exclusive licensing granted by the Texas A&M University System. The judgment was expected after post-verdict, court-ordered mediation failed to resolve the numerous legal issues involved...Read More

 
Background to Trinity's Federal District Court Filings from 04/10/2015 and 04/13/2015

After reviewing and analyzing the results of the eight additional crash tests conducted in December 2014 and January 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—together with Dr. H. Clay Gabler of Virginia Tech, an independent expert contracted by the FHWA, and the Southwest Research Institute, an independent, accredited, ISO-certified, and FHWA-qualified testing agency—determined that the ET Plus passed all tests and meets the NCHRP Report 350 testing criteria. The ET Plus is now the most tested highway product of its kind under NCHRP Report 350, and has enjoyed continuous federal-aid eligibility from its initial acceptance by the FHWA through today...

Additionally, the FHWA and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), following months of data collection and analysis, made significant findings in their March 11, 2015 Report, including their conclusion that there is a single version of the ET Plus 4” Guardrail End Terminal installed on roadways around the country.

After the FHWA/AASHTO task force released its report and the ET Plus successfully passed all eight crash tests, Trinity filed motions with the Federal District Court in the False Claims Act case to take judicial notice of the task force findings, the FHWA’s crash test determination, and Southwest Research Institute’s crash test reports.

Following each of Trinity’s filings for judicial notice, Mr. Harman filed opposition motions in which the predominant theme was to attack the processes, analyses, and findings of the FHWA, its independent consulting expert, the testing agency, AASHTO, and the efforts of the FHWA/AASHTO joint task force.

These unfounded attacks and criticisms caused Trinity to file replies to Mr. Harman’s opposition motions.  Our replies are posted on this website and are intended to highlight the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of Mr. Harman’s attacks on the integrity and professionalism of the FHWA, its independent expert, and even Southwest Research Institute, who have each determined that the test results are in full compliance with NCHRP Report 350 criteria.

  •  02.17.2017 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 4th Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call New Icon

  • 10.27.2016 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 3rd Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call

  • 08.18.2016 | Statement on U.S. DOJ Investigation Closing - 8-K Filing  

  • 07.22.2016 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 2nd Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call  

  • 04.22.2016 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 1st Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call

  • 04.01.2016 | A Letter to Stakeholders – Overview of Litigation Involving the ET Plus® Guardrail End Terminal System 
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  • 03.21.2016 | Trinity Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Opening Brief 

  • 03.28.2016 | Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants 

  • 03.28.2016 | National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Tort Reform Association Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants 

  • 03.28.2016 | Mothers Against Drunk Driving Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants 

  • 03.28.2016 | Former U.S. Department of Justice Officials Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants 

  • 03.28.2016 | Cato Institute Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants   

  • 03.28.2016 | Washington Legal Foundation Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Appellants 

  • 02.19.2016 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 4th Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call 
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  • 10.23.2015 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 3rd Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call  
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  • 07.24.2015 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 2nd Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call 

  • 07.07.2015 | Trinity's Motion for New Trial   

  • 06.09.2015 | Trinity Industries, Inc. Addresses Judgment in the Eastern District of Texas and Announces It Intends to Seek Reversal of Judgment 

  • 04.24.2015 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 1st Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call 

  • 04.13.2015 | Reply In Support Of Defendants’ Request for Judicial Notice of FHWA’s Determination on Full Scale Crash Testing of the ET Plus® Guardrail Terminal

  • 04.10.2015 | Reply In Support Of Defendants’ Request for Judicial Notice of FHWA and AASHTO’s Findings on Dimensions of ET Plus® Guardrail End Terminal 

  • 04.01.2015 | Overview of Litigation Involving the ET Plus® System 

  • 02.19.2015 | Trinity Highway Products Legal Statement on 4th Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call




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