Arbitration Ruling Sends Trucking Companies to State Law Jumble

Jan. 31, 2019, 11:30 AM

Trucking companies and other transportation outfits will have to look to the patchwork of state laws to try to force class actions and other disputes with independent contractors into individual arbitration, thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Depending on where they’re based, that could leave a lot of businesses out of luck. For example, California labor law prohibits mandatory arbitration of claims for unpaid wages, while at least four states completely exclude employment contracts from their arbitration laws. Some state courts, including those in Illinois and New Jersey, have created precedent that hinders the enforcement of arbitration agreements, ...

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