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February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Heading Back to Court Over Remaining Trucking Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A little more than half a dozen lawsuits alleging fuel rebate fraud still pending against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J may be consolidated as soon as next month.

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

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 11, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Fuel Cases Reach Cold Conclusion

A case that began in 2006 over claims that diesel and gasoline retailers were cheating customers out of money has apparently come to an end. Plaintiffs' lawyers in "hot fuel” litigation have voluntarily dismissed the remaining cases against defendants in Kansas City, Kan., according to published reports.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Litigation

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

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck And Knight Reach Settlement over Proposed Purchase

Truckload companies USA Truck and Knight Transportation have reached a settlement dismissing all claims between the two in connection with litigation arising from Knight’s previously announced proposal to acquire Arkansas-based USA Truck in a $242 million bid.

Tags: Fleets, USA Truck, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Sues NFI Industries for Gender-Based Wage Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a lawsuit for gender-based wage discrimination lawsuit against NFI Road Rail and NFI Industries.

Tags: NFI, Fleets, Litigation, EEOC

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached in Long-Running Truckstop Battle Against Comdata

A $130 million legal settlement has been reached for a class of more than 4,000 independent truckstops and other retail fueling merchants following an antitrust lawsuit filed in 2007 against fleet payment card issuer Comdata and three national truckstop chains.

Tags: Comdata, Fleets, Truckstops, Litigation, Fuel and Oil

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J: 95% of Customers Owed Money Have Been Paid

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckstop chain, Pilot Flying J, provided an update Wednesday on where it stands following a raid on company headquarters last April by federal agents, as part of investigation it allegedly cheated customers out of money they were due.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Dismisses Many Wright Transportation Claims Against Pilot Flying J

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Embattled truckstop chain, Pilot Flying J, has scored what is being called a “major legal victory” against one trucking company.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Settles Case Filed by Western Express

Photo: Evan Lockridge

After settling an $85 million class action lawsuit in November over allegations it bilked trucking customers out money in the form of rebates from fuel purchases, truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has settled separate litigation brought by one trucking company.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

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

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Appeal Granted in Apollo Case

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Delaware Supreme Court has granted its request for an expedited hearing of its appeal to a partial ruling rendered by Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III in the case Cooper filed against Apollo Tyres.

Tags: Tires, Litigation

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Challenges New York Thruway Tolling Practices

ATA says highway tolls shouldn't go to pay for upkeep of New York's canal system, like the Erie Canal.

American Trucking Associations filed a lawsuit challenging the New York State Thruway Authority’s diversion of millions of dollars of toll revenues every year to maintain the tourism and recreational facilities that make up the New York Canal System.

Tags: New York, ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Litigation

November 11, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rules in Favor of Apollo in Cooper Tire Suit

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, Judge Sam Glasscock III, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled that Apollo was not in breach of its merger agreement with Cooper, which had filed a complaint to the contrary.

Tags: Tires, Litigation, Apollo Tyre, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Ford Reaches Settlement over Navistar Engines

Ford has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it sold defective diesel engines in its 2003-07 Super Duty pickups and E-series vans, according to Automotive News

Tags: Navistar, Ford, Engines, Litigation

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Small Fleet Owner Charged with Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Crime

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

Tags: FMCSA, Fleets, Safety and 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 14, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Against New York Over Highway Taxes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 8 against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance challenging the constitutionality of certain highway taxes for all trucks using its state highways.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, New York, Taxes

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Sues Knight for Using Confidential Info in 'Creeping Hostile Acquisition'

USA Truck says Knight Transportion violated confidentiality agreements.

Truckload carrier USA Truck has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Knight Transportation, claiming Knight used USA Truck's confidential information to begin what it calls a “creeping hostile acquisition” of the Arkansas-based fleet.

Tags: Fleets, USA Truck, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

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

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Moving and Storage Company to Pay $450,000 to Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems has agreed to pay $450,000 and furnish other relief required by a court-ordered consent decree to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Fleets, Litigation, EEOC

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