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A Utah U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement requiring motor carrier C.R. England to pay a class of independent-contractor truck drivers $3 million in damages and attorney fees for alleged “truth-in-leasing” violations.
The settlement ends an 11-year-old lawsuit filed against England by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and a class of 7,893 truck drivers.
The drivers had alleged that the Salt Lake City-based carrier improperly deducted amounts for insurance, maintenance, truck payments and other charges from the contractors’ compensation, according to court documents.
The driver class included all owner-operators leased to England from June 1998 through May 2006. However, England revised its driver contract in 2002, eliminating the problematic language and transitioning their drivers to the new agreement.