A First Circuit panel held that the FAA does not apply to independent contractors in the transportation industry. The panel reasoned that such independent contractors fall within the exception to the FAA for “contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees, or any other class of workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce.”
The U.S. Chamber filed an amicus brief supporting a petition for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc in the First Circuit. The brief urges the court to hold that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does include independent contractors.
Andrew J. Pincus, Archis A. Parasharami, and Daniel E. Jones of Mayer Brown LLP served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.