[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 211 (Friday, October 31, 1997)]
[Page 58971]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-28920]



[Docket No. 97-16]

Ryan-Walsh, Inc. and Stevedoring Services of America v. Port of 
Houston Authority of Harris Country, Texas; Notice of Filing of 
Complaint and Assignment

    Notice is given that a complain file by Ryan-Walsh, In., and 
Stevedoring Services of America (``Complainants'') against Port of 
Houston Authority of Harris County, Texas (``Respondent'') was served 
October 1, 1997. Complainants allege that Respondent has violated 
sections 10(a)(3), (d)(1) and (d)(3) of the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 
U.S.C. app. Secs. 1709(a)(3), (d)(1) and (d)(3), by engaging in a 
pattern of willful and knowing, repeated, material and ongoing breaches 
to an agreement required to be file with the Commission, providing 
undue or unreasonable preferences or advantage to persons other than 
Complainants, and unreasonably refusing to deal with Complainants.
    This proceeding has been assigned to the office of Administrative 
Law Judges. Hearing in this matter, if any is held, shall commence 
within the time limitations prescribed in 46 CFR 502.61, and only after 
consideration has been give by the parties and the presiding officer to 
the use of alternative forms of dispute resolution. The hearing shall 
include oral testimony and cross-examination in the discretion of the 
presiding officer only upon proper showing that there are genuine 
issues of material fact that cannot be resolved on the basis of sworn 
statements, affidavits, depositions, or other documents or that the 
nature of the matter in issue is such that an oral hearing and cross-
examination are necessary for the development of an adequate record. 
Pursuant to the further terms of 46 CFR 502.61, the initial decision of 
the presiding officer in this proceeding shall be issued by October 1, 
1998, and the final decision of the Commission shall be issued by 
January 29, 1999.
Ronald D. Murphy,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-28920 Filed 10-30-97; 8:45 am]