Calif. Truckers' Wage Case Preempted By US Law: Judge

Law360, Los Angeles (October 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT) -- In a potential boon for the California trucking industry, a federal judge on Wednesday tossed class action claims that Penske Logistics LLC underpaid for meal and rest breaks for employees who delivered Whirlpool Corp. appliances, saying those claims were preempted by federal law.

Judge Janis L. Sammartino said California's meal and rest break laws, which she described as fairly rigid, force drivers to alter their daily routes while searching out appropriate places to pull off the highway and park their vehicles, preventing them from making some...
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