Feds Urge Justices To Skip Freight Broker Negligence Suit

By Linda Chiem (May 25, 2022, 6:11 PM EDT) -- The federal government on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to bypass C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.'s challenge to a split Ninth Circuit decision reviving a personal injury suit alleging the freight broker and logistics giant negligently hired an unsafe trucker involved in a highway accident.

U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said in an amicus brief that freight brokers — which serve as intermediaries connecting shippers to motor carriers that transport goods — cannot use federal law to insulate themselves from state-based personal injury and negligence claims. Importantly, states can impose a common law duty of care on freight brokers to pick motor...

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