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April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Overrules FMCSA Shutdown Order of Illinois Trucking Company

Just over two weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered an Illinois-based trucking company to shut down all interstate movements, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled it can return to the roadway.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Enforcement, CSA, Illinois

March 25, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Denies Charges in Lawsuit over Reservist's Reinstatement

Con-way Freight said it's "disappointed" that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a suit involving a Naval reservist who complained about his employment re-instatement, claiming it tried its best to accommodate the former serviceman, including creating a new position for him.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Department of Justice, Fleets, Litigation

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Con-way over Reservist Reinstatement

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Monday against the trucking company Con-Way Freight alleging the company violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by failing to promptly reassign Naval Reservist Dale Brown to his former position as a driver

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Department of Justice, Fleets, Litigation

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Returns $12 Million Plus Verdict Against Frozen Food Express

A more than $12 million jury verdict was recently handed down in a case involving the trucking company Frozen Food Express in a personal injury lawsuit.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Frozen Food Express, FFE

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Supreme Court Reverses Earlier Ruling Against Owner-Operators

The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned an earlier decision classifying trucking company owner-operators as employees.

Tags: Idaho, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Independent Contractors

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Rejects $3.5 Million Lawsuit Against FFE Following Crash

A Texas district court jury has verdict in favor of Dallas-based trucking company FFE Transportation Services after rejecting a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the City of Saint Jo, following an automobile accident that took place nearly four years ago.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, FFE

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Approves Pilot Flying J Settlement

With the sign-off of a judge on a settlement, the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J can finally start to close a chapter in a drama that’s been playing out since mid-April.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Litigation

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Truckers Awarded $302,000 for Wrongful Termination

Under terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based carrier, Star Air, and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for terminating two of the company's drivers in violation of federal whistleblower provisions.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

About 50 Pilot Flying J Customers Opt Out of Settlement

About 50 companies have opted out of a settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebates. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Tuesday was the deadline for carriers to opt out of a settlement reached in July between some trucking companies and Pilot Flying J over allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel purchase rebates. About 50 of the truckstops’s 6,000 customers said they want no part of the agreement.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Carrier Latest to Sue Pilot Flying J, More Litigation Expected

Photo: Evan Lockridge, eelcom, inc.

The umpteenth lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J in the wake of a federal investigation into the company going public in mid-April following a raid on the company’s headquarters by the FBI.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

EEOC Appeals Ruling in Favor of CRST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is appealing a ruling that it has to repay more than $4.5 million dollars for legal costs to the trucking company CRST Van Expedited.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, CRST, EEOC

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Group Challenges Insinuations in Pilot Flying J Case

The head of the Arkansas Trucking Association has responded to claims involving litigation against Pilot Flying J, while a judge on Thursday delayed a decision as to whether Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam will be forced to give a deposition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Questions about the role of a key player in the litigation against Pilot Flying J prompted a strong rebuttal from the trucking company group. Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said in a statement that he created National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services last April to seek justice for trucking companies that allegedly had been defrauded by Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation, Truckstops

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against Swift Transportation Certified as Class Action

Swift potentially faces claims from drivers over how they were paid. Photo: Evan Lockridge

More than nine years after a suit was first filed against the carrier Swift Transportation, over claims it cheated drivers out of compensation, it has been certified as a class action.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Litigation, Swift Transportation

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The fate of about a dozen lawsuits against Pilot Flying J now rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Maine. The suits, which all stem from allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel rebates, could be consolidated into one class action.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Litigation

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Old Dominion in EEOC Case

Old Dominion Freight Line's policy of not allowing drivers back behind the wheel after treatment for alcoholism was found to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A federal judge in Arkansas has ruled against Old Dominion Freight Line in a case over a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse and the company’s “no return” policy for drivers who suffer from such problems.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Litigation, EEOC

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Port of Los Angeles may not impose the placarding and parking requires of its concession plan on trucking companies. This in effect upholds part of the position American Trucking Associations took in pushing for the high court’s review of the port’s concession agreement.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Port of Los Angeles, Port Trucking, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators, Supreme Court, Litigation

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Family of Driver Killed in Crash Gets $6 Million Settlement

Two trucking companies have agreed to pay a total of more than $6 million to the family of a truck driver killed in a 2011 crash with a truck that had bald tires and improperly adjusted brakes.

Tags: Litigation, Fleets, California, Drivers, Safety, Brakes, Tires

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA/C.R. England Battle Continues, Association Scores Win Against Comerica Bank

A 10-year battle between the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the fleet C.R. England shows no signs of letting up, but the group has won a decision in a separate case that’s 15 years old.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Arctic Express, Comerica Bank, Owner-Operators, Litigation

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees To $2.75 Million Settlement Over Disclosure Claims

U.S. Xpress will pay $2.75 million as part of a settlement stemming from a federal court case over claims that it did not provide required discloses about background checks to those applying for truck driving jobs.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, Litigation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Drivers, Recruiting

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