OOIDA v. Minnesota State Patrol: decision forthcoming

| 12/30/2010

In the case of OOIDA v. Minnesota State Patrol, OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston said this week that he expects a ruling from the U.S. District Court in Minnesota in early January.

Johnston said OOIDA’s general counsel, Paul Cullen Sr., had been contacted by the U.S. District Court in St. Paul, MN, and notified that Judge Donovan W. Frank planned to rule on the case by the end of the first week in January.

OOIDA and member plaintiff Stephen K. House filed the case on May 13, 2009, on behalf of truck drivers placed out of service after members of the MSP consulted a checklist and arrived at the conclusion the drivers were “fatigued.” According to the lawsuit, members of MSP were instructed to consider the presence of a TV, reading material and a cell phone – to name a few – as signs of fatigue.

The case was tried in September in U.S. District Court for the district of Minnesota in St. Paul and is now under Judge Frank’s advisement.