This website provides information about a proposed settlement concerning all individuals who signed a FedEx Ground Pickup and Delivery Contractor Operating Agreement to provide service in California sometime during the period between November 17, 2000 and October 15, 2007, and those who may have personally worked as a full-time driver under that contract between November 17, 2000 and the present.
WHAT THE CASE IS ABOUT
The people who brought the suit, the 'Plaintiffs', are seventeen drivers who operated FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery routes. The Plaintiffs sued FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (the 'Defendant'). The Plaintiffs brought the lawsuit on behalf of themselves and a class of other pcikup and delivery drivers who, like them, signed contracts with FedEx Ground to operate FedEx Ground or Home Delivery routes in the State of California.
This lawsuit is about whether FedEx Ground misclassified pickup and delivery drivers as independent contractors rather than as employees, and failed to provide them with legal rights that employees have under California law. In the operative Complaint, Plaintiffs seek to recover Class-wide damages for, among other things, unreimbursed employment expenses, illegal wage deductions, and failure to provide meal and rest periods, as well as unpaid overtime pay for individuals driving trucks weighing less than 10,001 pounds, interest, civil penalties, attorneys' fees and costs. FedEx Ground maintains that the independent contractor classification is appropriate and denies that it has broken any laws.
STATUS OF THE SETTLEMENT
Two class members/objectors have filed Notices of Appeal to challenge the Court’s June 17, 2016 Order Granting Final Approval. These appeals were filed on June 30, 2106 and July 15, 2016. The payments that would have been sent out in mid-August 2016 will not be distributed because of these pending appeals. The settlement cannot become final until after the resolution of the appeals, either by decision or dismissal of the appeals. At this time, there is no estimate for when the settlement may become final, but these types of appeals typically take between one and two years from the filing of appeal to final decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Please make sure to update Rust Consulting if you change your address or any of your contact information. It is important that Rust has your up-to-date address at all times so that your settlement check can be mailed if the settlement becomes final. Please call (800) 711-1958 with any address updates.
July 18, 2016
Last day for appeal of the Court’s Final Approval Order
May 27, 2016
Last day to file a Claimant Identification Form to participate in the Settlement
April 7, 2016
Final Approval Fairness Hearing
Settlement Administrator contact information
ALEXANDER V FEDEX SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR
C/O RUST CONSULTING INC - 4920
PO BOX 2396
FARIBAULT MN 55021-9096
Toll-Free Number: (800) 711-1958