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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

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

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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.

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, 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

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

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.

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

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC, Drivers

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

February 27, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Litigation

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