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Transportation Brief: Choice of Law Questions Continue in California

by Christopher J. Eckhart, Alaina  C. Hawley

January 27, 2020

Transportation companies outside of California face difficult questions about whether California law applies to their California operations. The Ninth Circuit recently held that California’s minimum wage and overtime laws applied to non-California resident baseball players employed by non-California teams playing in an intra-state California league (Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp.). The court applied California law because the players worked “entire days or weeks” in California, and California’s choice of law rules favored application of California law. It is unclear whether California courts will extend the Senne court’s reasoning to (1) interstate drivers who only occasionally deliver loads to and from California and (2) other California claims, such as expense reimbursement, wage statement, and misclassification claims.

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