Split 9th Circ. Says Amazon Drivers Don't Have To Arbitrate

By Linda Chiem (August 19, 2020, 12:50 PM EDT) -- A divided Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that Amazon delivery drivers are transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce even if they only make deliveries in one state, clearing a path for their legal disputes to play out in court instead of private arbitration.

Amazon delivery drivers fall within the Federal Arbitration Act's so-called transportation worker exemption, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour's April 2019 decision rejecting a bid by Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Logistics Inc. to force Bernadean Rittmann and other drivers in its Amazon Flex...

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