Your Privacy Rights in the Time of COVID-19

  Earlier this month, the governor of Utah enacted an executive order to combat the spread of COVID-19 that requires travelers to turn over detailed personal information when entering the state. The executive order raises serious constitutional questions about the validity of warrantless government searches and serves as a timely reminder that even a national […]

Application for Paycheck Protection Loans for Small Businesses and Independent Contractors Now Available: What You Need to Know

              Last week, The Cullen Law Firm provided guidance on new loan and unemployment benefit programs implemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), the largest financial assistance package enacted in United States history. A principle component of the CARES Act was the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program and the […]

NEW GOVERNMENT LOAN PROGRAMS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS HURT BY COVID-19 VIRUS

AMOUNTS OF LOANS USED TO COVER COSTS TO BE FORGIVEN             On Saturday, March 28, 2020, President Trump signed into law the largest financial assistance package in United States history: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. One of the largest components of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program, a new […]

Independent Contractors Whose Businesses Are Hurt by COVID-19 to Get Unemployment Benefits Under New CARES Act

  The Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act, a portion of the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides two primary types of relief to American workers hurt by COVID-19: (1) expanded unemployment assistance and coverage; and (2) cash payments. 1.  Expanded Unemployment Assistance – Even to Owner-Operators. The CARES Act […]

Celadon Owner-Operators: Does the Bankruptcy Affect Your Escrow?

  In early December 2019, Celadon, an Indianapolis-based truckload carrier that grossed $1 billion as recently as 2015, filed for bankruptcy, making it perhaps the largest trucking company bankruptcy in U.S. history.  Celadon employed 2,500 truck drivers and worked with 380 owner-operators. Certain of those owner-operators may have had escrow accounts on trucking equipment which they […]

Is the FAAAA Preemption Writing on the Wall for AB 5?

  Motor carriers and owner-operators are closely watching the State’s appeal of the preliminary injunction granted in the California Trucking Association’s (“CTA”) legal challenge to AB 5. There is reason to believe the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will affirm the district court’s holding that AB 5 is likely preempted by […]

FAAAA Delay: Curves Ahead for AB 5

  Judge Benitez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California recently granted the California Trucking Association’s (“CTA”) motion for preliminary injunction enjoining the enforcement of AB 5.[i] This week California and intervening-defendant the International Brotherhood Teamsters filed interlocutory appeals from that decision to the United States Court of Appeals for […]

When States Impose High Fines and Take You to the Cleaners

  Has a civil authority imposed a fine—or worse, threatened to (or actually) impounded your truck—because of an alleged violation? Has your vehicle or equipment been seized in a civil forfeiture action? Does the amount of the fine or penalty lodged against you seem to far outweigh any alleged offense? Does that fine or penalty […]

The ABC’s of AB5: California’s New Employment Classification Law

Last year, California’s governor signed AB 5 into law establishing a new test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. This classification determines the rights and benefits to which a worker is entitled. Commonly referred to as the ABC test, it went into effect on January 1, […]

The Cullen Law Firm PLLC Files Petition with the Supreme Court to Review Excessive Tolls Issues on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Cullen Law Firm PLLC has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that dismissed a challenge to the tolls imposed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Petitioners the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the […]