The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) lawsuit against the Electronic Logging Device mandate, which goes into effect Dec. 18, came to an abrupt halt today when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
OOIDA originally brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in March 2016, saying the ELD mandate was overreaching and violated truckers’ Constitutional protections against warrantless searches and seizures. The suit also said the rule did not meet Congressional stipulations set for the ELD mandate.
The case was taken up in September 2016 by a three-judge panel on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In October, the court ruled against OOIDA, dismissing all of OOIDA’s arguments against the mandate.
OOIDA appealed the case to the 7th Circuit, asking the court to re-hear the case en blanc, meaning OOIDA requested the appeal be heard by all 13 judges on the court to determine whether the case can be re-heard. The court denied the appeal and OOIDA then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
OOIDA’s writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to take up the case, was examined by justices on June 8 and the decision to refuse hearing the case was handed down June 12, ending OOIDA’s court challenge.
With the denial to hear the appeal, the ELD mandate is scheduled to take effect Dec. 18.