12/29/2010 9:00:00 AM
Trucking Group Says Lower Court Ruling Flawed
American Trucking Associations told a U.S. Appeals Court that a lower court misinterpreted several sections of federal law in an August ruling that backed a ban on owner operators by the Port of Los Angeles.
The appeal, made in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, said that the U.S. District Court ruling contained â€œfundamental legal errors.â€�
Those errors included contradictions of established precedents, including issues relating to safety, maintenance and the portâ€™s legal status which should be a government agency rather than a participant in the drayage market, ATA argued.
ATA has challenged the concession provisions of the portâ€™s clean trucks plan, and the port initially won a victory when Judge Christina Snyder upheld its ban of owner-operators.
But a higher court granted an injunction to ATA in October that kept the Port of Los Angeles open to independent contractors while ATA appealed that decision.
The portâ€™s reply brief is due by Jan. 31 and ATAâ€™s reply is due about two weeks after that.
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