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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a class-action settlement against Swift Transportation Co. Feb. 11, after finding the California Central District Court used too low of a standard when it approved the agreement before class certification.

The case

Former Swift driver John Burnell alleged in a 2010 Private Attorneys General Act case against Swift that the company violated California labor laws, specifically California Labor Code Section 2802, which requires employers to compensate employees for losses incurred in direct consequence of their duties.

In 2012, another Swift driver, James Rudsell, filed a class-action complaint alleging violation of labor laws.

Burnell and Rudsell

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