Supreme Court rules New Prime cannot compel truck drivers to arbitration
In our case against New Prime, Inc., the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act does not apply to independent contractors who are engaged in interstate commerce, such as truck drivers. Based on that ruling, arbitration agreements between trucking companies and so-called “owner-operator” truck drivers are not enforceable. The 8-0 decision in the truck drivers’ favor is a major win for our client, since it means his claims can proceed in court rather than in arbitration – a private process that is often far more friendly to corporate interests than employees, and which often acts as a “get out of jail free” card for employers. A more detailed analysis of the decision can be found here.