Trucking Industry

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Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic

Just when is an employer required to hire those taking prescription pain medications? In Clipse v. Commercial Driver Services, Inc., the Washington Court of Appeals held that Commercial Driver Services, Inc. was liable under...more

The Tenth Circuit rejects excess insurers’ implied duty to investigate and initiate settlement negotiations

Interpreting Oklahoma law, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing does not require that an excess insurer, unlike a primary insurer, affirmatively investigate...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015....more

The Case Of GINA And The "Devious Defecator"

In a case dubbed “the mystery of the devious defecator” by a Georgia federal district judge, an Atlanta jury recently awarded a $2.2 million verdict against a company that requested DNA samples from two workers in an attempt...more

Shipper Liability (If Any) to Carriers’ Drivers for Allegedly Improperly Loaded Freight

In most of the situations of injury and damage that are a result of allegedly improperly loaded freight, the damage is to third parties, who fall victim to freight careening from trucks on public highways, or falling off, or...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

July 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This July was another month where independent contractor compliance and misclassification was a topic that made front page news. Hillary Clinton placed independent contractor misclassification in the national spotlight when...more

DOL WAGE & HOUR DIVISION’S “ADMINISTRATOR’S INTERPRETATION” NO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR COUP DE GRÂCE FOR TRUCKING—JUST NEW...

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (the “Division” Administrator, issued the much anticipated and promised “administrator’s interpretation” (the “Memo”) on the issue of worker...more

EEOC Sues Vita Plus for Disability Discrimination

Agricultural Company Fired Driver Due to His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Vita Plus Corporation, an agricultural company with a facility in Gagetown, Mich., violated federal law by discriminating against...more

Georgia Supreme Court Brings Clarity to Non-Party Fault Under The Apportionment Statute

The Georgia law regarding apportionment of liability in tort cases became more clear this month with the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Zaldivar v. Prickett, et al. Before the Court was the question of whether a...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on July 15 aimed at curbing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The guidance provides several examples of workers in the construction industry. ...more

BP’s 2015 New York Law GTCs for Crude Oil and Products Trading: Key Changes

BP Global Oil Americas (BP) recently published the 2015 edition of its General Terms & Conditions for Purchases and Sales of Crude Oil, Refined Petroleum and Related Products (GTCs), which are governed by New York law. The...more

District Court Confirms Federal Preemption in Massachusetts “ABC Test” Litigation

Yesterday, Judge Denise Casper of the District of Massachusetts issued an industry friendly ruling in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Healy, awarding summary judgment to the Massachusetts Delivery Association (“MDA”)...more

The “Independent Contractor” Truck Driver, Wage & Hour Laws, the Affordable Care Act, and Safety Regulations

On The challenges that trucking companies face regarding truck drivers continue to expand. One vexing issue facing many companies: Can they continue to treat many of their truck drivers as “independent contractors” as they...more

Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization...more

New Nevada Commerce Tax Effective July 1, 2015

While not purporting to give specific advice on Nevada tax law, the following is a summary of some of the general principals underlying the new tax law. A new Nevada Commerce Tax (“NCT”) was signed into law by Nevada Governor...more

Latest Developments in the Ongoing UPS Class Action

A recent decision of the Divisional Court, in which Bennett Jones and its co-counsel acted for the class, held that whether brokerage fees charged by UPS to customers receiving deliveries in Canada are unsolicited is an...more

Divestiture Offer Fails to Save Merger Where FTC Wins on Market Definition Based on Customer Type

Eighteen months after the deal was first announced, Sysco Corporation (“Sysco”) and US Foods, Inc. (“USF”) abandoned their $3.5 billion merger following the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC” or “Commission”) decisive...more

Four Things You Should Know About FTC v. Sysco Corp.

On June 29, 2015, following an eight-day evidentiary hearing, a federal district court granted the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC)request for a preliminary injunction to block an $8.2 billion proposed merger between the two...more

New DOT Rules Close Unintended Gap Regarding ADA Obligation To Modify Operating Practices

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") has issued new rules effective July 13, 2015 requiring transportation entities to modify their operating practices in certain circumstances to accommodate disabled passengers....more

Bringing Punitive Damages to the Forefront of Florida Trucking Litigation

Having punitive damages imposed against a trucking company is often a source of great anxiety for defense attorneys and their trucking company clients. Florida attorneys skilled in the handling of truck accident cases...more

FTC Scores Decisive Win in Challenge to Food Distribution

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the Sysco – US Foods (“USF”) merger pending further administrative review by the FTC. The move, which ended Sysco’s acquisition plans, represents a decisive victory...more

Jury Hits Employer With $2.2 Million Verdict For GINA Violations in Workplace Defecator Case

In a previous post we discussed the Northern District of Georgia’s decision in Lowe v. Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services, LLC, (N.D.Ga. May 5, 2015), holding that an employer violated the Genetic Information...more

Employers, You’ll Never Pooh-Pooh The GINA Again.

On Monday, a federal jury in Atlanta awarded two hourly warehouse workers $2.2 million in a lawsuit brought under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The controversy started when Atlas Logistics Group Retail...more

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