Amazon Rips 1st Circ.'s Upended Driver Arbitration Standard

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 8:31 PM EDT) -- Amazon said Friday that a First Circuit panel cleared the way for rampant litigation when it upended the standard for enforcing workers' arbitration agreements by allowing a driver who only made local deliveries in one state to pursue his employment claims in court.

The e-commerce giant petitioned the First Circuit for a panel rehearing or a rehearing en banc to undo a July 17 decision finding that a Massachusetts delivery driver who independently contracted with Amazon to handle last-mile deliveries fit the definition of a transportation worker engaged in interstate commerce who is exempt from arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act....

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