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New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira

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Keep on Trucking: SCOTUS Decision Impacts Transportation Industry

Franczek Radelet P.C • January 23, 2019
On January 15, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous 8-0 decision in the matter of New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira. Justice Kavanaugh took no part in the consideration or decision of the case. While this decision specifically applies to the trucking industry, it may also affect any employer engaged in interstate or foreign commerce that relies on independent contractors, and will provide guidance to lower courts in cases involving enforcement of arbitration agreements with those workers.

Supreme Court: Interstate Transport Companies’ Independent Contractor-Drivers are Exempt from FAA

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 17, 2019
In New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act’s (FAA) Section 1 exemption applies to transportation workers, regardless of whether they are classified as independent contractors or employees. No. 17-340 (Jan. 15, 2019).

End of the Road: SCOTUS Ruling Means Many Transportation Workers Are Now Exempt From Arbitration

Fisher Phillips • January 17, 2019
In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that federal courts can’t force interstate transportation workers—including contractors—into arbitration, ruling that the Federal Arbitration Act’s Section 1 exemption for these workers is a threshold question for the court to resolve, not the arbitrator. Perhaps more importantly, the Court also applied the Section 1 “contract of employment” exemption from the FAA to include not only interstate transportation workers with employment agreements, but also to those interstate transportation workers with independent contractor agreements (New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira).

Supreme Court Rules Independent Contractor Truck Driver Not Required to Arbitrate Wage Claim

FordHarrison LLP • January 16, 2019
Executive Summary: In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that the Federal Arbitration Act’s (FAA) exclusion of certain “contracts of employment” from the Act’s coverage applies to transportation worker independent contractors. In its holding, the Court did not define who constitutes a transportation worker under the FAA.

End of the Road: SCOTUS Ruling Means Many Transportation Workers Are Now Exempt From Arbitration

Fisher Phillips • January 16, 2019
In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that federal courts can’t force interstate transportation workers—including contractors—into arbitration, ruling that the Federal Arbitration Act’s Section 1 exemption for these workers is a threshold question for the court to resolve, not the arbitrator. Perhaps more importantly, the Court also applied the Section 1 “contract of employment” exemption from the FAA to include not only interstate transportation workers with employment agreements, but also to those interstate transportation workers with independent contractor agreements (New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira).

Rare Win for Workers in Supreme Court Arbitration Case

XpertHR • January 16, 2019
The Supreme Court has handed a rare victory to workers in a case involving a mandatory arbitration provision. In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, the Court ruled unanimously that while a court's authority to compel arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) may be considerable, it isn't unconditional and does not extend to all private employment contracts.

Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Bar to Arbitration for Interstate Driver

Ogletree Deakins • January 16, 2019
On January 15, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) did not apply to wage claims brought by an interstate truck driver, even though the plaintiff was classified as an independent contractor.