By Clarissa Kell-Holland
Nearly a year after Tulsa-based Arrow Trucking abruptly collapsed, OOIDA Member Mark Miller of Portland, OR, is still waiting for news from the bankruptcy court to find out if he will receive money he is owed.
He told Land Line in early October that he hasn’t given up hope that he might receive “something,” but admits it’s been a long fight and there are a lot of people ahead of him in line for Arrow Trucking’s assets, estimated at $8.5 million. Its liabilities are estimated to be more than $98 million.
Recently, Miller said he had a telephone conference with the bankruptcy court about his amended claim.
Miller was in a lease-purchase with Arrow Trucking for nearly five years. In August 2009, he sensed things “weren’t right” at the company and decided to pay off the $24,000 he still owed on his truck.
He said he was then told he would receive a clear title for his truck in the mail in about 30 days; however, that never happened. After Arrow Trucking collapsed, he received the news that the flatbed company didn’t actually own his truck and the title had another lien holder.
“We honored the terms of our contract with them (Arrow Trucking), but they didn’t honor their contract with us,” Miller said. “We starved and sacrificed everything for that truck.”
Miller said he averaged only 14 days of home time per year for nearly five years to make sure he met Arrow Trucking’s financial obligations.
Meanwhile, Arrow Trucking Co. bankruptcy trustee Patrick J. Malloy III has reached a proposed $1.58 million settlement with more than 250 drivers represented by Charles Ercole of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, a Philadelphia law firm.
Those drivers filed claims under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that requires companies with more than 100 workers to give them a minimum of 60 days’ notice of an impending plant closure.
For Miller, he just wants the nightmare to be over.
“I really want to put this all behind me and move on,” he said. LL