A federal jury on Thursday convicted the former president of the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer of a plot to rip off truckers to boost both his own bottom line and that of his employer, Pilot Flying J.
An appellate court in New Mexico has affirmed an enormous jury award for the family of a mother and daughter killed in a crash involving a FedEx driver. The $165 million award is the largest ever in New Mexico.
Their statement goes on to characterize OOIDA’s request as “a transparent attempt to bypass Congress and the courts by regurgitating discredited arguments which seek to advance special interests at the expense of road safety for all motorists.”
A now-six-year-old lawsuit brought by five truckers challenging the efficacy of the U.S. DOT’s Pre-Employment Screening Program reports has been mostly dismissed by a federal court. However, two drivers involved in the suit could be awarded damages for information contained with their PSP report, the court ruled.
“Drivers do call and say, ‘Hey, I have a medical marijuana card,’ or ‘If it’s legal can I use and still drive?’ The answer is no. You are still prohibited from using marijuana.”
How long should one keep insurance documents? Seven years? Maybe 10? A recent appellate court case that relied on proof of insurance between 1961 and 1965 to get a trucking company off the hook for $9 million suggests to never get rid of any documentation, even from 50 years ago.
The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors. The lawsuits argue that CMI, K&R and Cal Cartage exerted near complete control of their drivers’ assignments and work details, so they could not be fairly considered independent contractors under California law.
A Philadelphia trucker is suing his former employer for misinterpreting results of a random drug/alcohol test and consequently tarnishing his record, making it difficult to find another job as a driver. The driver’s record indicated a refusal to submit to an alcohol test, but he claims he never received the chance to refuse one in the first place.
A Tennessee judge has upheld a jury’s decision reached in August to order Navistar to pay a trucking company more than $30 million for knowingly selling the company trucks with defective MaxxForce engines. Navistar plans to appeal the decision.
Intermodal Bridge Transport violated federal law by engaging in unfair labor practices, including misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled. IBT, which has approximately 95 drivers, now has 28 days to file an exception with the NLRB regarding Montemayor’s ruling.
A class-action lawsuit accuses the state of Indiana of illegally collecting more than $1 billion in fees from truckers across the nation — and could set up a high-stakes showdown between two top Indiana Republicans.