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Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Scopelitis Class Action Defense

by Andrew J. Butcher, Christopher J. Eckhart, James H. Hanson, Adam C. Smedstad

January 27, 2020

Over the last 15 years, the transportation industry has been subject to an onslaught of wage-and-hour class actions. In the cover article for this issue of The Transportation Brief, Partners Greg Feary and Shannon Cohen discuss recent developments in case law and legislative efforts on the worker classification front. Legislative efforts like New Jersey’s efforts to adopt the ABC test for misclassification claims and California’s AB 5 ensure wage-and-hour class actions will continue to threaten transportation companies for the foreseeable future.

Led by Partners Jim Hanson, Adam Smedstad, Andy Butcher, and Chris Eckhart, the Scopelitis Class Action Defense Team has defended misclassification cases in every segment of the transportation industry, as well as claims brought by company drivers. Scopelitis litigators have defended hundreds of class and collective action cases across the United States, including cases in California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington.

The Scopelitis Team understands the intricacies of the industry and the best approach to defending clients. Regardless of the nature of the claims, the Firm vigorously defends clients leading to successful resolution of the claims. Recent examples include:

  • Obtaining a meal and rest break preemption determination from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Submitting an amicus brief in support of the FMCSA’s decision preempting California’s meal and rest break rules

As one of the few legal teams in the country to have successfully tried multiple class actions to verdict, Scopelitis is at the forefront when it comes to making and defending the law. To learn more, contact Andrew J. ButcherChristopher J. EckhartJames H. Hanson, or Adam C. Smedstad.

Scopelitis’ Transportation Brief® is intended as a report to our clients and friends on developments affecting the transportation industry. The published material does not constitute an exhaustive legal study and should not be regarded or relied upon as individual legal advice or opinion.


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