FEATURED VERDICT: $54 million verdict reached in favor of Wal-Mart truckers

Ridgeway v. Wal-Mart Stores(N.D. Cal. No. 08-05211): On November 23, 2016 a jury reached a verdict in favor of a class of 850 Walmart truck drivers, awarding $54 million for violations of California minimum-wage law. The jury found that Walmart failed to compensate the truckers under a piece rate compensation system for tasks performed other than driving, including such things filling out trip slips, washing and fueling trucks, and sitting through inspections. The jury also found that Walmart failed to provide rests breaks to drivers, and also failed to compensate drivers for federally mandated layover breaks. Lead plaintiff, Charles Ridgeway was represented by Andrew Butler Jones of Wagner & Jones. Defendant Wal-Mart Stores was represented by Catherine A. Conway of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.