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Transportation Brief: Enforcing Choice-of-Law Provision, Federal Court Dismisses Illinois Wage Claim

by Chip Andrewscavage, Andrew J. Butcher

December 3, 2021

Continuing a trend of federal court decisions enforcing choice-of-law provisions in lawsuits asserting violations under the Illinois Wage Payment Collection Act (IWPCA), the Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed IWPCA claims raised by the owners of several motor carriers based on a Virginia choice-of-law clause. The decision is notable given that a broker and several motor carriers were parties to the contracts at issue. The owners sought recovery for allegedly illegal settlement payment deductions under the IWPCA. The contracts, however, identified Virginia law—not Illinois—as controlling the payment terms between the parties. As such, the court determined the owners were precluded from pursuing the IWPCA claims.


 


 

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