Class action lawsuit against FDX in CA.

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Mr. 7, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    My buddy just called me and told me he got a letter from FDX legal.
    It says that there is a lawsuit against FDX and they were forced to give the plaintiff's attorneys his personal info. (name, addy, phone num.) They said he could be contacted by the other party's attorney's and blah, blah, blah.

    Of course it said that he could choose to opt-out of any communication with the other party's attorney's and it also said it may take a class-wide basis. Who in CA knows anything?

    Mr. FDX must be salivating. :greedy:
     
  2. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    "Smithers, Mr. Smith has his wallet open. Release the hounds"!!! I have been forwarded a copy of the letter. This looks like a good one.
     
  3. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Well. What is it?
     
  4. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Concerns implausible deniability, a leftover from the Clinton years.:happy-very:
     
  5. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Details, details.

    Please.
     
  6. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    lol. Well said.
     
  7. newgirl

    newgirl Member

    What is it about California and lawsuits? Just a little hint, pretty please?
     
  8. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    California has more equitable employee rights legislation, unlike the right-to-work (for less) states that Fred loves so much. The letter doesn't specify what the suit is about, but I strongly supsect it involves employees being forced to work off the clock during "break". FedEx loves to set you up in a Catch-22 situation where you are disciplined if you don't get all your stops off, or fired if they "catch" you falsifying. They know exactly what is happening, but management will only go after you if you're not going along with the plan. It's pretty easy to detect falsification if they wanted to (5 stops in 10 mins a mile apart), but they choose to take the better numbers instead.

    If this case was brought in South Carolina, Fred would have nothing to worry about. The fact that it's in California is huge because the decision will likely go against FedEx.
     
  9. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    Seems like that might just be plausible...

    Per F2K in stupid manager's thread...

     
  10. newgirl

    newgirl Member

    Thanks MFE. If it indeed a hot topic, then how do you think management will have to handle it? They can't come out and make an announcement for people not to do it because they would be admitting it happens.
     
  11. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    The letter specifically prohibits management from discussing it. You can opt-in (DING, DING, DING!!), opt-out (buzzer), choose to provide information, or not to provide information to the representatives of Initiative Legal Group. "The Plaintiff may ask the Judge to allow the lawsuit to proceed on a class-wide basis and to represent all FedEx couriers employed in the State of California from December 2006 to the present." That's a lot of people.

    I hope that all of you California couriers out there remember just how "good" the company has been to you.
     
  12. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    This stinks like hell though. Class action=settle out of court, drivers get a pittance, lawyers laugh their way to the bank.
     
  13. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    And whatever the company is doing wrong gets stopped. Of course that probably means an announcement telling us we must now stop doing whatever it was that got them in trouble.
     
  14. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Not necessarily. The company pushes paper and holds some "training" and the boots on the ground march to the same drum beat.
     
  15. ddhart

    ddhart New Member

  16. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Watch for this specific language to appear. "FedEx denies any wrongdoing, and will vigorously defend itself in court". This means that the case will be settled out of court, and, hopefully (for FedEx and their PR goon squad), out of the headlines.
     
  17. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    This link pertains to former Watkins drivers who now work for FedEx Freight. The CA case is Express, not freight. Looks like the same law firm, which has apparently struck gold with FedEx, no matter what the opco.

    FedEx has been getting away with murder for a very long time, and I expect numerous big lawsuits happening very soon.
     
  18. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Maybe but I've heard mgrs say a number of times "due to a lawsuit in California..." and we did something differently from then on. Didn't the Ground ISP model start with California contractors suing over employee status?
     
  19. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Could they sue you over saying they are getting away with murder? Not being smart, but in this climate who knows what they might do to silence a critic.
     
  20. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    How about this? They have been getting away with "murder" for long time, as in figurative, not literal. But, who knows, maybe Fred has some actual skeletons in his closet, The ex-VP who invented ZapMail could be in there.