The Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a trial court judgment awarding $3,302,923.60 plus over $1,000,000 in pre- and post-judgment interest against Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. The judgment is on behalf of a nationwide class of independent owner-operator drivers who entered into an agreement with Celadon between October 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. The Court of Appeals held that Celadon breached its form contracts with the drivers when it deducted amounts from the drivers’ compensation for fuel purchases at Pilot Flying J that exceeded what Celadon actually paid for that fuel.
Richard Shevitz, the chair of the class action practice group at Cohen & Malad, LLP, explained “we were pleased to obtain a favorable ruling for the class members in the trial court, and of course we are pleased that the Court of Appeals has now unanimously agreed with the trial court. The drivers work hard to earn a living, and they should be paid what they are owed under their contracts.”