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February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Washington State Files Lawsuit Against Trucker, Carrier Over Bridge Collapse

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Tags: Washington, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Skagit River Bridge, Bridges, Oversize Loads

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims

Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, California, Ports, Teamsters, Litigation, Port Trucking

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Preliminary Approval Given to ‘Hot Fuel’ Settlements

Following years of litigation a federal court in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday gave preliminary approval to settlements with more than two-dozen oil companies and fuel retailers over claims of selling “hot fuel.”

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Litigation, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Truckstops

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Jury Rules Against Old Dominion in EEOC Lawsuit

HDT file photo by Deborah Lockridge

A federal jury earlier this month found that the trucking company Old Dominion Freight Line violated federal disability discrimination law when it denied accommodation to -- and then fired -- a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Litigation, EEOC

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached to Reduce Federal Oversight of Teamsters Union

It is up to a federal court as to whether to approve the deal following a consent decree that has been in place since March 1989.

Tags: Teamsters, Litigation, Labor Unions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Change in Union Organizing Rules

A coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court on Monday to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with plans to speed up the time for union representation elections by workers and labor unions.

Tags: Litigation, NLRB, Labor Unions

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Two Fleets Accuse Pilot Flying J CEO of Fraud over Fuel Rebates

A federal lawsuit against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been amended, accusing the company's top executive of directing an alleged fuel rebate scheme.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Appealing Dismissal of Lawsuit Against CARB

The association’s original lawsuit, on behalf of its small-business trucking members, was filed against CARB in December of last year in connection with the agency’s truck and bus regulations.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

November 1, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Iowa Carrier Alleging Sexual Harassment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Panama, Iowa-based trucking company Panama Transfer, saying it violated federal law by allowing a female dock worker to be sexually harassed and then firing her for resisting that harassment.

Tags: Fleets, Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cat Slapped with Another Class Action Suit for ACERT Defects

Twenty-two motor carriers in 18 states suffered “significant damages” from operational losses, diminished vehicle value, and costs incurred in replacing the Cat engines with other EPA 2007 emission-legal diesels, the suit says.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, Class Action Lawsuit, Litigation, Engines

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Kansas Court Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees

FedEx Ground says since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat their drivers as employees. Photo: FedEx Ground

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a group of about 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Kansas, Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx, FedEx Ground

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan Fires Back at Walmart

A scan of the Mercedes‑Benz limo van involved in the crash: via NTSB.

Comedian Tracy Morgan has responded to official statements made by Walmart in the lawsuit for the June 6th accident involving the comedian and a Walmart truck.

Tags: Accidents, Seat Belts, Fatigue, Walmart, Litigation

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against New York Truck Taxes Given Class Action Status

The case was filed nearly a year ago by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and four of its members against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Tags: New York, Taxes, OOIDA, Litigation

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

Tags: drivers, California, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Hub Group

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Hit With Huge Judgement

Trucking holding company Covenant Transportation Group announced this week it was hit with a sizeable judgement regarding a 2008 cargo claim while it is raising driver pay for one one of its operations.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Litigation, Driver Pay

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Drivers Are Employees Not Contractors, Court Rules

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled two classes of individuals working for FedEx Ground in California and Oregon were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.

Tags: Litigation, Independent Contractors, FedEx

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Prime’s Same-Sex Driver Training Program

A federal court last week issued a ruling against the trucking company Prime Inc. and its same-sex training program for newly hired truck drivers.

Tags: drivers, Fleets, Prime Inc., Litigation, EEOC

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

California Supreme Court Rules Against Carrier in Misclassification Lawsuit

The California Supreme Court issued a decision this week affirming the state’s labor and unemployment compensation laws are not preempted by federal statute, specifically the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.

Tags: drivers, California, Fleets, Litigation, Independent Contractors

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Approves $3 Million Settlement in OOIDA, C.R. England Case

A federal judge, ending more than a decade of litigation, has approved a legal settlement between the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England.

Tags: drivers, C.R. England, OOIDA, Fleets, Litigation, Independent Contractors

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Praising Truckers’ Lawsuit Over Driver Safety Records

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class-action suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week under the Federal Privacy Act charging that the agency is unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, OOIDA, Litigation

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Sue FMCSA Over Motor Carrier Management Information System

A group of truck drivers has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over records the agency keeps on carriers and drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Regulations, Massachusetts, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

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