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3 A. INTRODUCTION The objective of the research for the annexed digest was to develop an index of substantive legal areas and issues of importance that railroad attorneys may encounter in their representation of railroads, including freight and passenger (commuter and intercity) railroads, railroad owners and owners (including government entities), and others. An index to and brief narrative of the legal topics and issues addressed in the digest appears at pages 7 to 162. The summaries of the statutes, cases, and articles that railroad attorneys and others may consult for information on major topics in railroad law and recent developments commence at page 170 of the digest contained in the accompanying CD-ROM. B. DISCLAIMER Please be advised that the one using this guide should consult any amendments or later case history for the statutes and cases that are summarized in the digest. Although the digest summarizes statutes and cases for some states, the materials are examples of issues and resources and are not necessarily representative of all states or even a majority of the states. Thus, it is necessary to verify what the law is in a particular jurisdiction in which the reader is interested.