TransAm Trucking $3.75M FLSA Class Action Settlement

Will Gendron
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Published
July 9, 2024 12:16 AM
Updated
July 24, 2024
TransAm Trucking $3.75M FLSA Class Action Settlement
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
$35 - $8.75 per week
Deadline:
August 23, 2024
SUBMIT CLAIM

If you were a truck driver for TransAm Trucking, Inc. between February 2017 and March 2021, you may be eligible to claim a monetary award from a class action settlement.

TransAm Trucking, Inc. has agreed to pay $3,750,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Truth-in-Leasing regulations, among other claims.

Who Can Claim an Award?

The settlement covers three main groups of individuals, each with specific criteria for eligibility.

To be eligible for the Company Driver Orientation Claim, you must have attended orientation in Rockwall, Texas, or Tampa, Florida, between October 2020 and March 2021. For the Lease Driver Minimum Wage Claim, you must have personally driven for TransAm under an independent contractor agreement and leased a truck from ONE Leasing since September 29, 2020. For the Truth-in-Leasing Claim, you must have been subject to an independent contractor agreement with TransAm since February 2017 and have had charges or deductions made from your compensation.

  • Company Driver Orientation Claim: Attended orientation in Rockwall, Texas, or Tampa, Florida, between October 2020 and March 2021.
  • Lease Driver Minimum Wage Claim: Personally driven for TransAm under an independent contractor agreement and leased a truck from ONE Leasing since September 29, 2020.
  • Truth-in-Leasing Claim: Subject to an independent contractor agreement with TransAm since February 2017 and had charges or deductions made from compensation.

How Much Can Class Members Claim?

The settlement provides different monetary awards based on the specific claims.

For the Company Driver Orientation Claim, $125,000 will be distributed among eligible individuals who attended orientation in Rockwall, Texas, or Tampa, Florida, between October 2020 and March 2021. This amount will be divided equally among all eligible individuals who submit timely and valid Claim Forms, with a minimum payment of $35.

For the Lease Driver Minimum Wage Claim, $700,000 will be distributed among eligible individuals who have personally driven for TransAm under an independent contractor agreement and leased a truck from ONE Leasing since September 29, 2020. The minimum payment for this claim will be $8.00 per week as a lease driver for TransAm since September 29, 2020.

For the Truth-in-Leasing Claim, $1,311,000 will be distributed among eligible individuals who have been subject to an independent contractor agreement with TransAm since February 2017 and have had charges or deductions made from their compensation. The minimum payment for this claim will be $8.75 per week as a lease driver for TransAm since February 1, 2017.

  • Company Driver Orientation Claim: $125,000 will be distributed equally among eligible individuals, with a minimum payment of $35.
  • Lease Driver Minimum Wage Claim: $700,000 will be distributed among eligible individuals, with a minimum payment of $8.00 per week as a lease driver since September 29, 2020.
  • Truth-in-Leasing Claim: $1,311,000 will be distributed among eligible individuals, with a minimum payment of $8.75 per week as a lease driver since February 1, 2017.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Not applicable.

Claimants do not need to proactively provide proof they are a class member. The Settlement Administrator already has the necessary information to determine eligibility.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must submit a claim form by Friday, August 23, 2024. You can file a claim online by visiting the online claim form. Alternatively, you can submit your claim form via mail, email, or fax to the Settlement Administrator.

The Settlement Administrator's contact information is:

TransAm Settlement Administrator

c/o Atticus Administration

PO Box 64053

St. Paul, MN 55164

Telephone: 1-888-230-9714

Fax: 1-888-326-6411

Email: TransAmSettlement@atticusadmin.com

How do I Get Paid?

Once your claim is approved, you will receive your payment via check. The payment will be mailed to the address you provided on your claim form.

$3,750,000 Settlement Fund Breakdown

The total settlement amount is $3,750,000. This amount will be allocated as follows:

  • Up to $1,250,000 for attorneys' fees for Class Counsel.
  • Up to $45,000 to the named plaintiffs for their service and resolution of individual claims.
  • Up to $19,000 to individuals who filed early Opt-In consent forms.
  • Up to $200,000 for the costs of claim and settlement administration and Class Counsel's reasonable litigation costs.
  • A dispute fund of $100,000 to resolve disputes, reasonable late claims, and to pay the employer's share of payroll taxes on amounts to be paid as W2 wages.
  • The remaining amount (at least $2,136,000) will be distributed to claiming class members.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: August 23, 2024
  • Final Approval Hearing: October 15, 2024

When will Awards be Paid?

Awards will be paid after the final approval hearing and once all claims have been processed.

Why is There a Class Action Settlement?

This settlement resolves claims that TransAm Trucking, Inc. allegedly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying drivers the full federal minimum wage for all hours worked during orientation and by misclassifying lease drivers as independent contractors. Additionally, the settlement addresses claims that TransAm did not comply with the Truth-in-Leasing regulations.

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Status
Open for Claims
Category
Labor
Settlement Amount
$3,750,000
Award
$35 - $8.75 per week
Is Proof Required?
TBD
TBD
Days Remaining to file Claim
30
Claim Deadline
August 23, 2024
Fairness Hearing
October 15, 2024
Final Approval Hearing
October 15, 2024
Case Number
2:21-cv-02073-JWB-GEB
Case Title
Kirk Roberts, et al. v. TransAm Trucking, Inc. et al.
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Claims Administrator
TransAm Settlement Administrator c/o Atticus Administration PO Box 64053 St. Paul, MN 55164 Telephone: 1-888-230-9714 Fax: 1-888-326-6411 Email: TransAmSettlement@atticusadmin.com
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