Pennsylvania settles with former Swift CDL school students
02/19/2010 - 10:29:27 am
A New Jersey law firm headed by attorney Philip Stephen Fuoco, announced this week it had recently settled a class action suit filed in Federal Court in Eastern Pennsylvania. The settlement gives drivers who had their CDLs invalidated after a 2008 federal raid on the Tennessee trucking school 90 days to be re-tested.
One representative from Fuoco’s law firm said drivers from Pennsylvania who originally earned their CDL at Swift’s Tennessee facility should call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as soon as possible. PennDOT’s in-state number is 800-932-4600, and out-of-state callers can call 717-412-5300.
Court documents show the 90-day period will expire in late April.
“We are trying to get the word out to these drivers so they do not miss out on this opportunity,” said Joseph Osefchen of the Law Firm of Philip Stephen Fuoco. “Unfortunately, most have not yet called, and thus they have not been restored.”
In February 2008, the state-certified CDL testing center at a Swift Trucking facility near Memphis was raided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general; Secret Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. Marshals; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Documents were seized, and the investigation reportedly centered on the illegal issuance of CDLs.
By Charlie Morasch, staff writer Land Line Magazine