"TERMINALS CONSPIRING TO DESTROY DRIVERS" * USA. COMPLAINT AGAINST CONTAINER TERMINALS
* California - Truck drivers sue container terminals at ports of L.A./Long Beach
--- A group of 31 truck drivers filed a complaint against a half dozen container terminals or shipping lines at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, claiming they were denied access to terminals during Teamster-led strikes... It said the companies named in the lawsuit “acting in concert with the Teamsters, denied access and locked out only the plaintiff owner operator drivers and not other trucking companies’ drivers or union drivers” for up to three days... The lawsuit accused the terminals of conspiring to destroy the drivers' businesses and denying their “constitutional rights to earn a living” ... The plaintiffs said they have suffered losses of at least $120,000. Consequently, they have asked for an injunction against the terminals and their employees for denying access to the terminals, and a civil penalty of $2,500 against each terminal and each individual defendant for each violation of a provision in California's Unfair Competition Law... They have also asked the court to "assess additional civil penalty for conspiracy against trade" in the amount of $1 million against each defendant terminals and each named individual defendant... The companies named in the lawsuit include: Everport Terminal Services, Pacific Container Terminals, APM Terminals, Maersk Line, California United Terminals and SSA Terminals/Shippers Transport...
(Photo: Trucks at Port of Long Beach) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - American Shipper, by CHRIS DUPIN - NOV 22, 2016