The following was originally published in The Transportation Lawyer, February 2021, and is reprinted here with permission.
The 2019 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in New Prime v Oliveira, shocked many in the transportation world, holding that the contracts of all truck drivers, including owner-operator independent contractors, are contracts of employment of transportation workers. Under an exemption in Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act, the provisions of the FAA shall not apply to arbitration clauses in their contracts. Thus, arbitration cannot be compelled against these workers under the FAA.
Transportation and arbitration lawyers have since worked to devise means to get to arbitration even in the face of New Prime. Many have succeeded. These are their stories (with apologies to the venerable television series, “Law and Order”).
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