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August 6, 2013

EEOC Ordered to Pay Millions to CRST Van Expedited

A federal judge in Iowa has ordered the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to pay $4.7 million to CRST Van Expedited for attorney’s fees and expenses the company racked up while defending itself in a sexual harassment case the judge called “unreasonable or groundless.”

August 2, 2013

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.

July 26, 2013

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

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.

July 26, 2013

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

June 28, 2013

Judge Rules Against Old Dominion in EEOC Case

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.

June 13, 2013

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.

June 6, 2013

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

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.

June 3, 2013

Another Class Action Filed Against Flying J; Questions Arise Over Board Member

At least the 10th lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J over allegations the company bilked trucking customers out of financial rebates, the second following the guilty pleas of two Pilot Flying J employees last week.

May 30, 2013

EEOC Targets Trucking Companies for Harassment, Discrimination

One trucking company has agreed to pay to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, while the agency has filed separate litigation against another over claims of religious discrimination.

May 30, 2013

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.

April 9, 2013

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.

April 9, 2013

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.

February 27, 2013

Odessa Woman Wins $600,000 Verdict in Sex Discrimination Case Against UPS

A federal court jury in Midland, Texas, awarded a $600,000 verdict against UPS in a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former driver.

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