Last month, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Inc. and C.R. England Inc. announced a settlement in a case regarding compliance with federal regulations governing the leasing relationship between motor carriers and truck owner-operators, thus bringing an end to 11 years of legal action related to this issue. On June 19, the court approved the class action settlement.
In June 2002, OOIDA and three OOIDA members filed a class action lawsuit against the Salt Lake City-based motor carrier in federal court on behalf of individual owner operators, alleging that England violated the federal “Truth-in-Leasing” regulations.
Under the terms of the settlement filed with the court in Salt Lake City, England will pay $3 million to settle all claims raised in the lawsuit, including attorneys’ fees and costs. The settlement covers all owner-operators who leased equipment and services to England during the period June 2, 1998, through May 15, 2006, which includes approximately 7,000 drivers.
Class members will receive settlement compensation depending on which version of the lease they signed. Class members who signed the version in effect until 2002, which was determined to be out of compliance with the regulations, will receive more compensation than class members who signed the revised lease promulgated by C.R. England in 2002, and currently in effect, because the court determined that the revised lease complied with the regulations.
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