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Roman T. Galas and Heather L. Williams of Ansa Assuncao. Roman T. Galas and Heather L. Williams of Ansa Assuncao.

On Dec. 31, 2019, senior U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez of the Southern District of California, a 2003 George W. Bush appointee, made California truckers happy heading into the new year, granting an initial victory to plaintiff California Trucking Association (CTA) in its bid to block California’s new Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5). Benitez granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring enforcement of AB-5 against “any motor carrier operating in California.” The order’s effect is indefinite, pending the court’s resolution of CTA’s motion for preliminary injunction. That motion will be heard Jan. 13.

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