Supreme Court Hears Trucker's Take On Arbitration Limits

Law360 (October 3, 2018, 7:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard a truck driver's arguments Wednesday that Congress had the foresight in the 1920s to prohibit commerce employers such as New Prime Inc. from forcing independent contractors, like all other cross-border workers, into arbitration.

Dominic Oliveira fought to continue pursuing a class action against New Prime for failing to pay its trucking apprentices like him, technically independent contractors, minimum wage. The trucking company appealed from a First Circuit ruling that the apprentices were, like other interstate “workers,” exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act.

“If the exemption depended on a worker’s employment status, it would create exactly the kinds...

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