Judge Extends Restraining Order Keeping California from Enforcing AB5 in Trucking

January 15, 2020

Trucking companies using owner-operators in California can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as a judge has extended a temporary restraining order keeping officials from enforcing the onerous terms of its AB5 independent contractor law against motor carriers.

A Jan. 13 hearing on the California Trucking Association’s motion for a preliminary injunction in its legal case against the state’s controversial Assembly Bill 5 was “spirited,” according to one attendee.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez heard arguments under advisement but did not issue a decision. He has extended the temporary restraining order that was put in place Dec. 31, and it will be in effect until his ruling on the preliminary injunction. This could take days or a couple of weeks, according to a California Trucking Associations spokesperson.

Until a decision is delivered, the California Trucking Association has said it is not commenting on the case.

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Source: HDT Trucking Info