Company agrees to end 10-year fight; IRS audit of FedEx still pending

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Putting an end to a nearly decade-long, landmark legal battle, FedEx Ground/Home Delivery has agreed to a $27 million Court judgment that includes payment of $14.5 million to 203 California drivers who were misclassified by the company as independent contractors. FedEx will also be paying $12.5 million in full attorney fees and most costs of the case that was the first to challenge and eventually expose the shipping giant's independent contractor scheme. Final court approval of the stipulated judgment is expected soon.

The case of Estrada vs. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. went to trial before California Superior Court Judge Howard Schwab (ret.) in 2004. He ruled that the drivers were legally employees and entitled to be reimbursed for all the expenses they were illegally required to pay by the company. In August 2007, the California Court of Appeals affirmed  the judgment that the drivers were employees and doubled the damages awarded to the drivers in a published decision. That decision has sparked nationwide litigation against many large corporations that have misused the independent contractor concept to the detriment of American workers and the US Treasury which has lost billions in unpaid payroll taxes. Approximately 27,000 FedEx drivers nationwide have a multi-district lawsuit against the company for misclassification pending in South Bend, Indiana. As in the California Estrada case, the drivers are asking the court to find that FedEx treats them like employees and rule that they are entitled to the same legal rights of employees.

Lynn Rossman Faris, Esq., of Leonard Carder, LLP, of Oakland, California, lead counsel for the California drivers, and co-lead in the nationwide class action, hailed the ruling. "FedEx has claimed for several years that it would eventually win on appeal. That fantasy is finally over. The 203 drivers will receive damages ranging from $2000 up to $280,000, with an average recovery of about $70,000. If the 27,000 FedEx drivers in our nationwide case achieve similar results, FedEx could be facing a multi-billion dollar judgment. Everything that has been achieved is a result of the incredible strength and fortitude of two unsung American hard-working heroes - drivers Tony Estrada and Jeff Morgan - who simply would not accept injustice and unfairness by this huge corporation."

Tony Estrada and Jeff Morgan were thrilled that their long, hard fight was finally over. "We always knew that we were being treated like employees and that FedEx was getting away with murder and was laughing all the way to the bank on the backs of its drivers. Why should big companies like FedEx be allowed to use tax loopholes like phony independent-contractor labels to exploit middle-class truck drivers, making them pay the company's half of social security and providing no benefits? We are grateful that Judge Schwab had the wisdom, judgment and courage to do the right thing. We hope that the IRS finally does its job and gets FedEx to pay for its drivers' social security the way UPS does."

The IRS is still auditing the company for 2002 and 2004-2006 tax liability resulting from the misclassification of its pickup and delivery drivers.

Contact: Lynn Rossman Faris, Esq. / 510-272-0169
Beth Ross, Esq. / 415-771-6400

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) -- TrueShip, a leading shipping software developer for small and mid-sized businesses, delivers support for Mac OS X users with the introduction of ReadyShipper 4 Mac. Based on TrueShip's popular ReadyShipper software, ReadyShipper 4 Mac fills a substantial need for businesses who use FedEx for shipping.

ReadyShipper brings integrated shipping for ecommerce, order management and accounting systems. It's a client-based solution designed to import, organize and ship orders easily and efficiently. ReadyShipper's design and workflow expedites the shipping process and eliminates errors associated with manually sorting shipping documents and re-keying address information.

ReadyShipper 4 Mac delivers a powerful business shipping solution previously unavailable to Mac users. Business customers who use FedEx with a Windows® PC for shipping can now use a Mac to provide the last mile in ecommerce fulfillment. ReadyShipper 4 Mac features a native Mac interface that is as intuitive as it is functional. Creating labels, packing lists and email tracking confirmations is a breeze using the advanced Order Inspector and batch shipping capabilities.

The software now includes an assistant that identifies common shipping mistakes before they happen and a powerful database for high-capacity shipping. ReadyShipper 4 Mac is simple enough for small businesses shipping 10 packages a day and robust enough for the enterprise that will ship thousands.

ReadyShipper 4 Mac integrates the complete range of FedEx shipping services, including domestic and international services and customs documentation. Stamps.com® is also a standard option for every ReadyShipper user so they can ship via USPS as well as FedEx. While so many businesses struggle with separate systems to support different carriers, Mac users can process both FedEx and USPS orders together.

For more information contact TrueShip at 877-818-SHIP (7447) or look to www.trueship.com.

About ReadyShipper Shipping Software:
ReadyShipper, by TrueShip, is shipping software for small and mid-sized businesses. It is a FedEx® certified solution featuring fully integrated FedEx labeling, rating, tracking and address validation.

As a subscription-based service, ReadyShipper delivers enterprise-level features in an affordable and easy to use shipping software suite. ReadyShipper routes orders, creates shipping labels and packing lists, and works with many popular ecommerce systems. It's a modular, client-based system, expandable for integration with accounting, order management and CRM solutions.

ReadyShipper greatly streamlines the shipping process by expediting fulfillment times, and reducing back office errors. The results save money through faster, more efficient shipments.

About TrueShip:
TrueShip is a Scottsdale, Arizona, based company. TrueShip is committed to delivering best of breed shipping software and product returns solutions designed to compliment today's popular ecommerce, accounting and order management systems.

GPS Mobile Solutions announces a new addition to their fleet of products and services. GeoTab, Inc. is at the forefront of fleet and resource management technology. GeoTab's GPS vehicle tracking devices and software will expand options for service industries who must take the reins on mobile tracking during hard economic times.

Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) -- GPS Mobile Solutions announces a new arrangement with GPS industry leader Geotab, Inc. Now that the economic downturn is making ROI, performance management and customer satisfaction crucial, the GPS vehicle tracking system is more important than ever.

To keep up with this demand and broaden its scope of products and services, GPS Mobile Solutions has entered into a new reseller relationship with the industry leader in GPS services, Geotab, Inc.

"With 19 years of experience in wireless technology, GPS Mobile Solutions is uniquely qualified to provide a total fleet management solution," says company president Stuart Lamm. "Our new relationship with GeoTab, Inc. lets us offer a solutions oriented, customizable GPS real time tracking solution.

"We can help the small construction company owner who asks, 'How can I track my fleet?' And we have ready the tools needed by the large multi-regional product delivery company with hundreds of vehicles and a vested interest in fleet cost savings," explains Lamm.

In addition to GeoTab, GPS Mobile Solutions offers Discrete Wireless fleet management services. Just this month they began offering the latest in GPS driver navigation utilizing the Garmin NUVI 650 navigation device that provides 2-way communication between dispatchers and vehicles. According to Lamm, if you want the ultimate in routing software, this is the best option on the market.

The new reseller agreement with GeoTab, Inc. will allow GPS Mobile Solutions to sell or lease the global industry leader's GPS vehicle tracking devices and "Go Mobile" software suite that turns any laptop into a GPS vehicle tracking system.

"Especially in these difficult economic times, our customers are very interested in our leasing option for equipment and installation. It's a great way to help keep the initial cash outlay at a minimum when investing in a GPS vehicle tracking system," explains Lamm.

Fleet management is beneficial to owners, dispatchers and drivers. The company website highlights these benefits and provides an ROI calculator that reveals how much GPS tracking saves. To learn more about tracking a large or small fleet, GPS device and system options, or the Return on Investment Calculator, visit www.gpsmobilesolutions.com.

About GPS Mobile Solutions:
The company began as a cellular phone dealer, focusing on small- and medium-sized businesses over the years. It has grown into a full communications company offering wireless, wireline, GPS fleet management, and IT services. GPS Mobile Solutions allows a business to effectively manage costs associated with a mobile workforce. The company plans to evolve into a nationwide presence in the mobile management solutions market.

WATERLOO, Ontario -- Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that Wolseley's North America Division, a division of Wolseley plc, has expanded its use of Descartes Routing Solutions to North America.

Wolseley's North America division is using Descartes Route Planner to help it enhance its customer service offering and reduce fleet costs. Wolseley's North American fleet of over 5,000 vehicles services thousands of customers daily throughout the United States and Canada. Wolseley needs efficient routes and visibility to its delivery operations to ensure that customer orders are delivered on-time and with the flexibility to accommodate last-minute customer requests, cancellations or unpredictable delays.

"Optimal, on time delivery is the heart of customer service. As a customer-focused and cost-conscious company, Wolseley is proactive in implementing processes that not only streamline our operations but also set the standard for customer service in our industry," said Brad Marsh, Director of Transportation of Wolseley's North America Division. "Descartes gives us the tools to improve our customer service while at the same time reducing expenses. These factors are critical in a market where customer demands are increasing along with volatile fuel costs, equipment, and labor costs."

Wolseley is using Descartes Route Planner to plan and optimize dynamic routes, provide delivery schedules and track the status of deliveries in real-time for their store delivery operations. With Descartes, Wolseley has a solution that enables it to efficiently plan and implement routes, access detailed data to understand its true costs of delivery, maximize fleet utilization, increase resource capacity and provide world-class customer service.

"Customers like Wolseley work with Descartes to help reduce costs and complexity in their operations and differentiate, as well as improve, their customer service," said Adam Moore, Senior Vice President, Application Solutions, Sales and Strategy. "We are helping Wolseley improve its resource utilization and make a positive impact on its operations by reducing fuel consumption and decreasing the number of miles driven and trucks on the road."

About Wolseley

Wolseley plc is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of building materials in North America, the UK and Continental Europe. Group revenues for the year ended July 31, 2007 were approximately $31.6 billion. Wolseley has approximately 75,000 employees operating in 27 countries. For more information, visit www.wolseley.com.

About Descartes

Descartes, a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, is delivering results across the globe today for organizations that operate logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes' logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, with component-based 'nano' sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. These solutions and services help Descartes' customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven and improve pick up and delivery reliability. Our hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value. Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has more than 350 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, London, Brussels, Stockholm and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.descartes.com.

 

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