Source: Benzinga Feeds
A group of trucking interests led by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is supporting Walmart Inc . (NYSE: WMT ) in its bid to have an appeals court reconsider a decision awarding $54.6 million to former California truck drivers for time spent in a sleeper berth during layovers between trips. The amicus brief, filed Jan. 31 in the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, includes the ATA along with the California Trucking Association, CRST Expedited Inc. and U.S. Xpress Inc . (NYSE: USX ). “All have a strong interest in the outcome of this case, which has major implications for the treatment of time that drivers spend off-duty in a truck’s sleeper berth under California wage law,” according to the brief. In its petition for an en banc rehearing filed with the 9th Circuit in January, Walmart’s attorneys argued that the jury in the lower court was instructed to follow “narrow” language in the retailer’s pay manual to determine if it was exercising control over the drivers even during nondriving times.