Trucking Lawyers Should Share Defense Strategies, Author and Noted Attorney Says

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For more than a year, prominent San Diego defense attorney Robert Tyson has been scolding his colleagues for not sharing trial defense strategies to beat plaintiff attorneys in the nation’s courtrooms. Here are his tactics for winning in court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 23, 2021
Government, Business

California Drivers Ask Appellate Court to Require Pay for Nondriving Work

Diesel A driver fuels a truck. (ImageegamI/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court is being asked to overturn a lower court’s determination that state law does not require motor carriers to pay drivers separately for nondriving work such as inspections, refueling, and loading and unloading at docks, when drivers are paid on what’s known as a piece-rate basis.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 9, 2021
Government, Business

Walmart Asks Appeals Court to Reconsider Decision to Award Drivers Back Pay

Walmart truck Walmart says there is still a question about whether it controlled the drivers during their layovers and breaks. (Walmart)

Attorneys for Walmart Inc. have asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling that affirmed a district court’s judgment that the company must pay a court-certified class of its California truck drivers more than $54 million in back pay mostly for layovers, but also some rest breaks and pre-trip and post-trip inspections.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 24, 2020
Government, Business

Swift to Pay CRST $15 Million in Damages Over Driver Recruiting

CRST A CRST truck. (raymondclarkeimages/Flickr)

A lawsuit CRST Expedited Inc. filed against Swift Transportation Co. that alleged Swift “poached” drivers was one of three such challenges CRST has lodged against competitors, but is so far the only one that has resulted in a financial penalty.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 6, 2019
Government, Business

Two Trucking Associations Challenging ‘ABC’ Contractor Test in Federal Court

Western States Trucking Association challenges "ABC test" The Western States Trucking Association argues the so-called "ABC test" makes it almost impossible for motor carriers to utilize independent contractors. (Getty Images)

An association of small to medium-sized motor carriers has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a decision last month by a federal district judge in California to dismiss a challenge to the so-called “ABC test,” which is used to decide if a contractor should be classified as an employee in California.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

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November 16, 2017
Business, Government

Freight Brokerage Company Loses Tax Case in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

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In light of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case involving York City and a freight brokerage company, the city and local tax bureau are taking a look to make sure utility companies are paying the taxes they're supposed to.

Sean Philip Cotter | York (Pa.) Dispatch
June 22, 2016
Business, Government

Trucking Company Owner Asks Supreme Court for Permission to Sue DEA Over Driver’s Death

The owner of a small Texas trucking company, whose 18-wheeler was used without permission by the Drug Enforcement Administration in a botched Zetas Cartel sting that left the driver dead, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit.

Dane Schiller | Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2016
Government, Business

West Virginia Supreme Court to Take Up Morgantown Truck Ban


The West Virginia Supreme Court will take up Morgantown’s truck ban when it comes to the WVU College of Law on March 1.

Ben Conley | The (Morgantown, W.Va.) Dominion Post
February 11, 2016
Business, Government

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Trucking’s Appeal of California’s Meal-Break Requirement

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals by two trucking companies that mounted challenges to a California law requiring employers to provide meal breaks to workers.

May 11, 2015