A federal district court on Thursday issued a ruling that prevents California from enforcing its new A.B. 5 law on motor carriers and owner-operators, meaning that the trucking industry is exempt from the law until a lawsuit brought by the California Trucking Association (CTA) can be tried.
Judge Roger Benitez, of U.S. District Court in Southern California, made the decision three days after hearing oral arguments from CTA and the state of California. CTA sued the state in November over the A.B. 5 law. Joining them in the lawsuit are two independent owner-operators, Ravinder Singh and Thomas Odom. The trio is hoping to see the federal courts exempt trucking from the law on a permanent basis.