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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:29 PM

Train-maker Talgo sues Gov. Walker, Wisconsin

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Madison - A manufacturer has sued Gov. Scott Walker and is claiming it does not have to turn over two new train sets that have cost the state more than $42 million.
The state agreed in 2009 to buy two new train sets from Talgo Inc. for Amtrak's Hiawatha line that runs from Milwaukee to Chicago, but Walker's administration and Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly clashed with the firm since last year.

In March, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on party lines to reject borrowing $2.5 million for additional planning to replace a maintenance base for the trains. Walker's Department of Transportation said that vote meant the state would not be able to put the trains into service.

In April, Talgo invoiced the state $4.6 million for ongoing work on the trains. It didn't get paid as the two differed over who would pay for testing the trains, and in July Talgo sent the state a letter saying it was in default and demanding that the state make payment within 30 days.

The two sides held a mediation session last week but reached no agreement. On Thursday, the firm filed a notice with the state saying it was terminating its contract with the state and on Friday filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court asking Judge Juan Colas to declare Talgo had the right to terminate the contract and properly did so.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/trainmaker-talgo-sues-gov-walker-wisconsin-cg7gu7j-177369571.html

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Reply Train-maker Talgo sues Gov. Walker, Wisconsin (Original post)
hue Nov 2012 OP
patrice Nov 2012 #1
Scuba Nov 2012 #2
SWTORFanatic Nov 2012 #3
madrchsod Nov 2012 #4
Bluegene Nov 2012 #5
pscot Nov 2012 #6
-LOKI -BAD FOR YA Nov 2012 #7
AllyCat Nov 2012 #8

Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:38 PM

1. Sane U.S. governors, I think I know where you can get a good deal on 2 brand new trains! nt

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. Now if John Chisholm would just file some charges ...

The "great train robbery" that Walker perpetrated on the People of Wisconsin continues. Damn I hate that little shitstain.


Oh, thanks for posting, hue, and for all the other things you do. Are you driving folks to the polls tomorrow?

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:57 PM

3. Walker is getting sued left and right

Union law: sued

Voter ID: sued

Now this.

What a moran! All he does is do illegal shit and hope he gets a conservative judge.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:26 PM

4. sorry to say this but....

the new japanese rail car manufacturer in rochelle illinois is gearing up for production.

pay-union scale for equivalent jobs. insurance around 20 a week. immediate hire if qualified. highly skilled and floor leaders training in japan for two weeks all expenses paid and upscale accommodations.

we got this plant because of the location and the state chipped in 16 million cash incentives.

i`m sure talgo would have had the same benefits,training ,and insurance. walker fucked the citizens of illinois, wisconsin ,and minnesota. it`s to bad you could`t have fucked him back but the next time you`ll get him out of office.


the rail line from chicago to milwaukee-st paul is one of the most famous commuter lines in america. one of the first to hit 100 miles per hour and up to 120mph . averaged around 60 mph from point to point. that included stops along the route. at that time it was a hell of a lot faster than a car!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:13 PM

5. Talgo is awesome

We have Talgo trains on the west coast. I never want to ride on another Amtrak after the smooth ride of comfort on Talgo.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:39 PM

6. More from the Journal-Sentinel:


Talgo's chief executive officer, Antonio Perez, said in a statement that Wisconsin has "used every conceivable excuse, whether fair or not and whether lawful or not, to ensure that Talgo did not receive what it bargained for, including by refusing to pay for the trains that Talgo completed."

"I don't see how any company would in the future choose to do business with the State of Wisconsin when the state has shown that it cannot be trusted to honor contracts that it signed," Perez's statement said.

DOT spokeswoman Peg Schmitt said agency officials were disappointed mediation had not been successful. She said the firm had "failed to complete or test the train sets and they do not meet even basic federal standards, such as those required under the Americans with Disabilities Act."


Walker is a moron.

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 12:37 AM

7. + 1

n\t

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 02:57 AM

8. Good. Sue his arse. What an awful situation this has been for WI at the hands of

Scotty. Grrr!!!

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