Scopelitis in the News: "Ind. Justices Quash New Trial Over Transportation Co. Crash" Law360. September 8, 2020.
Law360 interviewed Scopelitis Partner Mike Langford regarding Scopelitis' Indiana Supreme Court victory on behalf of US Xpress.
Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Holds Oral Argument on CTA’s Challenge to AB5
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the California Trucking Association’s challenge to AB5, California’s recently enacted misclassification statute. While the Firm is hopeful the Ninth Circuit will leave the injunction in place and fully supports the CTA and feels its request for continued funding is very much warranted, read more about some issues that raised concern during the oral argument.
The Transportation Brief®: A Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2020
In this issue:
• Key Cases Addressing the Reach of California’s Strict Wage and Hour Laws
• COVID-19 and Workplace Liability
• Plaintiffs Unmask Reimbursement Claims for Personal Protective Equipment
• PPP and Beyond: Where Can I Turn For Additional Help?
• Department of Labor Activity
• Circuit Courts Grapple with the “Transportation Worker” Exemption
• Spotlight on Cargo Claim & Freight Charge Practice — Managing the Expected & Unexpected in the COVID-19 Era
• Scopelitis For the Record
• Dispatches: Transportation Industry News & Trends from Scopelitis
News from Scopelitis: Scopelitis Expands Milwaukee Office
Scopelitis recently announced the addition of four new attorneys in its Milwaukee office. The four bring extensive experience in transportation law – one in accident litigation, and the others in workers’ compensation defense – to the national transportation law firm.
Law Alert: First Circuit Rules that Delivery Drivers Need Not Cross State Lines to Be Exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that last-mile drivers who do not cross state lines are nonetheless interstate “transportation workers” exempt from the FAA so long as they transport goods or people within the “flow of interstate commerce.” The First Circuit’s opinion is the first circuit-level holding on this issue. Read the latest.
Scopelitis in the News: "NJ Ruling Opens State Battles On Transpo Worker Exemption." Law360. July 16, 2020.
Scopelitis Partner Braden Core in Law360 regarding the New Jersey Supreme Court's reinforced employers' arbitration agreements under Garden State law.
Law Alert: FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration Through August 14, 2020
FMCSA announced an extension of its Modified Emergency Declaration through August 14, 2020, allowing motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts to continue operating under the exemptions set forth in the declaration through that date.
Law Alert: California Supreme Court Decides Key Wage and Hour Cases Impacting Interstate Workers
On a certified question from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court decided a pair of cases that will certainly impact California wage and hour class actions against motor carriers. Read more about what that means for the transportation industry.
Law Alert: PPP Loan Landscape Changes Again
The Senate, by unanimous consent, approved the bill passed by the House last week that provides significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Loan landscape. The President is expected to sign the bill. The legislation provides borrowers greater flexibility with respect to the PPP loan forgiveness process. Read more.
Scopelitis COVID-19 Task Force: Latest News and Updates
Scopelitis has assembled a COVID-19 task force that is analyzing late-breaking international, national, and state developments on this issue as they impact the transportation industry. Learn more.
Law Alert: PPP Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule Released
Scopelitis insight on the SBA and Treasury's Interim Final Rule (IFR) providing guidance for the calculation of PPP borrower loan forgiveness.
Law Alert: PPP Loan Certification Safe Harbor and Repayment Extension
The latest regarding the scope of the Safe Harbor and the PPP loan program.
Law Alert: FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration Through June 14, 2020
The FMCSA announced an extension of its Emergency Declaration through June 14, 2020, allowing motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts to continue operating under the exemptions set forth in the declaration through that date.
News from Scopelitis: Law360 Names Scopelitis President & Managing Partner Greg Feary to 2020 Transportation Editorial Advisory Board
The editorial advisory board will provide feedback on Law360's coverage and insight on how best to shape future coverage of the industry.
Scopelitis in the News: "How the DOE National Average is Created and Why It Doesn't Tell You Everything About the Cost of Diesel for Truckers." FreightWaves. April 21, 2020.
Scopelitis President & Managing Partner Greg Feary in FreightWaves on fuel surcharges.
Special Update: COVID-19 Resources for Transportation Companies
The Scopelitis COVID-19 Resource Page offers a COVID-19 Transportation Industry FAQ and other materials to aid transportation clients in managing their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Scopelitis COVID-19 Task Force for information on costs associated with tailoring these materials (if needed), or if you require assistance including but not limited these resources.
Law Alert: Motor Carriers Should Continue Objecting to IC Unemployment Claims Under the CARES Act
Pursuant to Section 2102 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted March 27, 2020, individuals not otherwise eligible to receive any state unemployment compensation benefits or extended federal benefits, including self-employed persons and independent contractors (ICs), may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funded by the federal government. Read more about what this means for the transportation industry.
Law Alert: FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration Through May 15, 2020
FMCSA has extended its Expanded Emergency Declaration through May 15, 2020, allowing motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts to continue operating under the exemptions set forth in the declaration through that date. Read more about the expanded declarations list and other key points regarding this news.
Scopelitis in the News: "Appeals Court Denies Teamsters Motion in California Trucking Association Lawsuit." April 2, 2020. Transport Topics.
Scopelitis President & Managing Partner Greg Feary in Transport Topics regarding the latest development on California AB 5.
Scopelitis in the News: "Coronavirus Weaponizes Debate Over California’s AB5." April 1, 2020. FreightWaves.
Scopelitis President and Managing Partner Greg Feary in FreightWaves on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on the debate regarding how AB 5 legislation applies to the transportation and logistics industry.