Trucking industry dealt a setback in toll lawsuit

After so many years in the State House together, you could imagine U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and former House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello might have a lot to catch up on should they, say, bump into each other in the hallway outside a deposition room.

However, they’re probably much happier now that such a meeting is unlikely to happen after a federal appeals court ruled that the ex-governor and speaker cannot be subpoenaed to testify in the ongoing lawsuit against Rhode Island’s truck toll system.

That’s right: truck tolls. More than three years after it began, the trucking industry’s legal challenge to the system of electronic eyes charging big rigs on the highway is still rumbling through the courts with plenty of legal miles still to travel.