As a follow up to our recent blog on the issue, on January 16, 2020, Judge Benitez granted the Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in the California Trucking Association v. Attorney General Xavier Becerra matter (“CTA matter”). This precludes California’s Attorney General from enforcing AB-5 against any motor carrier operating in California until final judgment is entered. The order of the Court strongly signaled the Court’s intent to find that the restrictive provisions of AB5 are preempted by federal law. Although temporary, this is a significant victory for motor carriers and independent owner-operators who work with them.
We will continue to monitor the CTA matter and will update our blogs when events warrant.