Arizona Republic: An Arizona trucker filed a class action on behalf of all truckers employed by Swift Transportation claiming that the company underpaid its drivers by 10 – 15%. The trucker’s class action was rejected by the trial court, but he appealed to the Court of Appeals which over turned the trail court’s decision, which caused an automatic appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court.
In the new decision, the Arizona Supreme Court said automatic appeals, which force the Court of Appeals to review the case, are inconsistent with state law.
A new decision by the Arizona Supreme Court could give businesses some added protection against class-action lawsuits. Overturning their own 37-year-old precedent, the justices said plaintiffs denied the right by a trial judge to pursue lawsuits on behalf of everyone else are not automatically entitled to appeal that ruling.