Class-action status OK’d for suit against Phoenix-based Swift trucking company Associated Press 11:30 a.m. MST July 12, 2016 Swift Transportation (Photo: Russ Wiles/The Republic)

Class-action status OK’d for suit against Phoenix-based Swift trucking company
Associated Press 11:30 a.m. MST July 12, 2016
Swift Transportation
(Photo: Russ Wiles/The Republic)
PHOENIX – An Arizona court ruling says a lawsuit accusing a Phoenix-based nationwide trucking company of breaking faith with employee drivers over mileage-based pay can proceed as a class-action case.

The state Court of Appeals’ ruling Tuesday overturns a trial judge’s 2015 ruling rescinding a previous approval of class-action status in the decade-old case pending in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Class-action status for the suit filed by one trucker driver would allow it to proceed on behalf of 80,000 employee drivers nationwide.

Swift wanted to have drivers’ claims considered individually, but the Court of Appeals said class-action status is warranted because the company allegedly didn’t tell drivers that it chose a payment method that wasn’t as accurate as other methods.

A Swift spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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