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FedEx Cheats, Truck Drivers Say

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - FedEx faces another in a series of class-action complaints accusing it of mistreating de facto employees as independent contractors, to duck taxes and expenses.

These plaintiffs claim in Federal Court that FedEx used false promised to induce them to buy and maintain delivery trucks.

The complaint states that Federal Express Ground Package Systems (FXG) 'fraudulently induced the named Plaintiffs and Class members ... to purchase a delivery truck, to insure and maintain that truck, to purchase a 'business support package' and other items required by FXG, and to deliver packages for FXG, all the while representing to them that they are or would be 'independent business owners' and 'business partners' with FXG, and that they had or would have proprietary interests in the delivery routes for which they contracted. These representations were false. In reality, FXG micro-manages, and retains the right to micro-manager Plaintiffs' activities in such a manner that Plaintiffs are de facto employees of FXG and the routes that Class members purchased thus have no value."

The class of FedEx drivers in Louisiana is represented by Marc Frischhertz of New Orleans and Cureton Clark of Mount Laurel, N.J.

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