TRENTON, N.J. — Gilbert Express has filed for bankruptcy, while a class action suit against the New Jersey-based carrier continues to play out in court.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and several O/Os filed a lawsuit against Gilbert Express, alleging the company engaged in a long-term systematic practice of violating federal truth in leasing regulations.
OOIDA lawyers suggest that Gilbert Express owes its owner/operators several million dollars as a result of the wrongdoings. However, while the case played out, Gilbert’s attorney threatened that the company would file for bankruptcy rather than operate for the sole benefit of its owner/operators.
OOIDA president, Jim Johnston, says the lawsuit will not be dropped. “If Gilbert and its owners think they have gotten out from under this suit by filing for bankruptcy they are mistaken. We will continue to pursue Gilbert and its owners aggressively to protect the rights of owner/operators.”