Earlier this week, the Southern District heard arguments regarding the grant of a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”) against motor carriers operating within California.

Judge Benitez granted the preliminary injunction and concluded in his order that “there is little question that the State of California has encroached on Congress’ territory by eliminating motor carriers’ choice to use independent contractor drivers, a choice at the very heart of interstate trucking.”

The preliminary injunction will remain in effect until trial in this matter unless the 9th Circuit decides differently. The preliminary injunction allows truck drivers to continue operating as independent contractors in California.

Jackson Lewis will continue to monitor the status of the Association’s case and other cases pertaining to the application of AB 5. Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney with any questions.