Landstar System, Inc. (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   September 23, 2011

Landstar System, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 0-21238 06-1313069
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
13410 Sutton Park Drive South, Jacksonville, Florida   32224
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   904-398-9400

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Landstar System, Inc (NASDAQ: LSTR), together with its subsidiaries (“Landstar” or the “Company”), announced today that on September 23, 2011, a jury sitting in a state court in Cobb County, Georgia, entered a damage award of approximately $40.2 million (such amount, plus pre-judgment interest and a portion of plaintiffs’ attorney fees in an amount not yet determined are collectively referred to herein as the “Damage Award”) against Landstar Ranger, Inc., Landstar System Holdings, Inc. and Landstar System, Inc.  The Damage Award arises out of an accident that occurred in February, 2007, involving a truck owner-operator leased to Landstar Ranger, Inc.

Under the terms of the commercial trucking insurance program that Landstar had in place in 2007, Landstar retained liability for up to $5 million with respect to the accident giving rise to the Damage Award.   Landstar has third party insurance in place covering all amounts of the Damage Award in excess of such $5 million retention, including all related out-of-pocket expenses, such as the costs of an appeal bond, post-judgment interest and attorney fees.

The Company previously recorded a $5 million charge in respect of this accident in the financial results of the Company for the 2007 first quarter.  Accordingly, the Company’s payment of its portion of the Damage Award up to its $5 million retention would not reduce the operating income or net income of the Company for the 2011 third quarter or any other future financial period in which such payment may ultimately be made. 

The Company and its insurers intend to appeal the Damage Award.  No assurances can be given regarding the outcome of such appeal. See item 1A, “Risk Factors — Increased severity or frequency of accidents and other claims” and “Risk Factors - Dependence on third party insurance companies” from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2010, each of which are incorporated herein, for a discussion of certain risks associated with commercial trucking claims and the Company’s commercial trucking insurance program.

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    Landstar System, Inc.
September 26, 2011   By:   James B. Gattoni
        Name: James B. Gattoni
        Title: Vice President and Chief Financial Officer