9th Circ. Says FAAAA Can't Bar State Break Period Laws

By Vin Gurrieri (July 9, 2014, 6:37 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act does not preempt California's meal and rest break requirements for truck drivers because the requirements don't have a significant enough effect on prices or services offered by the motor carrier industry.

In a precedential opinion, a three-judge panel said that California's break laws can not be preempted by the FAAAA because they are not "significantly related to" price rates, routes or services offered by any motor carrier with respect to the transportation of property — a requirement of preemption under the federal statute.

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