1st Circ. Says Amazon Delivery Drivers Don't Have To Arbitrate

Law360 (July 17, 2020, 8:32 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Friday handed a big win to Amazon delivery drivers, saying they 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.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court affirmed U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman's August 2019 decision rejecting a bid by Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Logistics Inc. to force Bernard Waithaka to arbitrate his proposed class claims seeking unpaid wages and unreimbursed expenses.

Even as a so-called last-mile driver who made purely local or...

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