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A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

by Fisher Phillips on

After a five-hour closing argument session in a California federal court on Monday, the gig economy is waiting with baited breath and trying to hazard their best guesses about how the judge will rule in the high-stakes Lawson...more

Airline Cargo Company Sued Under Illinois Biometric Law

Alliance Ground International is the latest company to be sued for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for collecting and storing its employees’ fingerprints without their consent....more

Uber Forced To Carry On Its Defense Of 'On Call' Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

In a case previously discussed by my colleague Linda Gulledge, a federal judge in eastern Pennsylvania has rebuffed Uber once again in its attempt to rid itself of potentially expensive wage claims. In December 2016, as Linda...more

A Look-In At The Halfway Point In The Critical GrubHub Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

As readers of this blog know, we are right in the midst of one of the most significant legal developments for the gig economy. For the first time, a judge is being asked to definitely decide at trial whether a typical...more

Unions Win Next Round In Seattle Gig Worker Organizing Battle

by Fisher Phillips on

Chalk this round up to the unions. In a pair of decisions issued last week, a Seattle federal judge ruled that Seattle’s January 2016 Ordinance that seeks to allow for-hire drivers to form unions and collectively bargain with...more

Fifth Circuit Derails Reverse Discrimination Claims Against Amtrak

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

White male discontent has been a major media talking point since the presidential election, and even long before. This talking point has made its way into the workplace, where tech firms are now being targeted for allegedly...more

The Ultimate Misclassification Showdown Could Be Right Around The Corner

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig employers returning from the Fourth of July holiday were in for a rude awakening when they learned about the fireworks that just went down in a California federal court. Right before the holiday weekend, Judge Jacqueline...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

by Benesch on

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

Supreme Court Affirms Strict Personal Jurisdiction Rules

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of corporations in a personal jurisdiction decision, limiting the number of places where they can be sued. In BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, an 8-1 decision authored by...more

BNSF v. Tyrrell: The Other International Shoe Has Dropped

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The availability of any forum aside from a defendant's state of incorporation or principal place of business will require a plaintiff to carefully consider the likelihood of obtaining specific jurisdiction because there is...more

There’s No Place Like Home: The U.S. Supreme Court Emphasizes the Constitutional Limits on Personal Jurisdiction and Constrains...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Almost any business whose products or services reach customers in multiple states knows that there are some jurisdictions thought to be friendlier to plaintiffs. Plaintiffs’ lawyers know about those jurisdictions too, and...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

First Circuit Finds Class of Independent Truckers Excluded From Federal Arbitration Act

The Federal Arbitration Act has been in effect for nearly 100 years (92, to be precise). Nevertheless, the First Circuit found two issues of first impression to address this month. In Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc., 2017 WL...more

Seventh Circuit Blazes Truck Driver’s Failure to Hire Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in favor of the employer on the plaintiff’s race discrimination and civil conspiracy claims where the employer did not hire the plaintiff after the plaintiff...more

10th Circuit Finds Employee Who Only Worked in Colorado Falls Under State MCA Exemption

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in which the district court held that an employee may be exempt from overtime under Colorado’s motor carrier...more

April 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

April was a red-hot month for independent contractor misclassification cases. We report below on 11 cases in the courts and two before administrative agencies involving...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Driver’s ADA Challenge to Sleep Apnea Screening Program

by Benesch on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a driver’s Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) challenge to a carrier’s sleep apnea screening program in Parker v. Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 16-2002. In...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

by Genova Burns LLC on

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

FedEx Succeeds Again On Appeal of an NLRB Ruling on Independent Contractor Misclassification

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In the past 2-1/2 years, FedEx has suffered through some appellate court setbacks in the area of independent contractor misclassification, beginning with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San...more

The Federal Railroad Safety Act — An Employer’s Nonretaliatory Reasons for Discharging an Employee Must Be Considered in Context...

by Lane Powell PC on

The Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) prohibits a rail carrier from retaliating against an employee because the employee engaged in certain activities protected by the statute, including the reporting of a workplace injury....more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

Eighth Circuit Confirms Split in Airline Deregulation Act Pre-emption

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has set up a circuit split for the U.S. Supreme Court in Watson v. Air Methods Corp., 834 F.3d 891 (8th Cir. 2016). In Watson, the Eight Circuit affirmed its precedent...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Groundbreaking Precedent, Reverses FRSA Retaliation Judgment

On October 31, 2016, a $1 million dollar judgment against BNSF Railway Co. evaporated when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit set groundbreaking precedent under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) and...more

Lyft Obtains Dismissal Of FCRA Class Action

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Lyft, the ride-sharing service, recently obtained dismissal of a putative class alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) when obtaining background checks on its drivers. See Nokchan v. Lyft, Inc., No....more

Self-Inflicted IC Misclassification Wounds: How Did FedEx Bludgeon Itself Into Pay Nearing $500 Million to Settle Claims That It...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

FedEx’s costs due to IC misclassification are approaching $500 million over the past year as a result of its inability to draft in a valid manner its IC agreement and internal policies governing Ground Division drivers. Last...more

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