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CR England is getting sued...

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Tractor Man's Comment
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or that some companies truly are predatory in their leasing practices (or pushing people into them) - which in fact there really are some.

I agree with this. Maybe these court cases will force these companies to re assess their "shady practices". These rulings of late should put these companies on notice to knock off the BS. Trucking Companies as a whole have been up to similar activities over the years. It is a shame. The industry is not looked at very kindly by the public or Drivers as it is. This does not help their case. Just my$.02

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This case interests me, because it could change the way Trucking Companies advertise in the future.

I read the Plaintiffs' "Third Amended Complaint," (http://www.crenglandclassaction.com/case_documents/Third_Amended_Complaint.pdf), and I found the language found in Clause 8 on page 4 (extending to the top of page 5) particularly helpful for me to identify exactly why the Plaintiffs' sued in the first place and why CR England may not be able defend itself...

In a classic bait and switch fraud beginning with the Drivers’ recruitment into ENGLAND truck driving school and afterwards, the Defendants subject the Drivers to a variety of fraudulent acts and manipulative techniques to convince them to purchase the Driving Opportunity instead of seeking the “guaranteed job” that Defendants offered and advertised. When prospective Drivers resisted purchasing the Driving Opportunity and insisted on remaining as an ENGLAND employee as promised in many documents and places, including without limitation the Student Training Agreement signed by each enrollee (including the Plaintiffs), Defendants ultimately told them either that they must purchase the Driving Opportunity for at least six months before they will be considered for employment or that they must wait an indefinite period for a truck to become available. Because of Defendants’ conduct, the vast majority of all persons completing Defendants’ truck driving school purchased the Driving Opportunity, consistent with Defendants’ never-disclosed but deliberately established and internally-promoted [the] goal of having at least 65% of the graduates of the driving schools purchase the Driving Opportunity.

Being the shrewd business model that is, CR England "recruited" drivers who thought they would have a "guaranteed" job at the end of their training, with costs ranging from $1,995 in cash to $2,995 in credit. Then, when those drivers finished their training, CR England told them they had a job if they purchased a driving opportunity.

Seems innocent enough to me, but not to those who relied on CR England's promotion of a guaranteed job only to find out they were the victims of a serious bait and switch program.

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