Legal Recourse For Shipper/broker Holding Your Trailer Hostage

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Michael's Comment
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I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with or knows what the legal recourse is for the following scenario:

Driver picks up load to be delivered next day at x time. Driver arrives and load wasn't supposed to be picked up for several more days (somebody, either shipper or broker makes a clerical error) Broker tells you there is nothing they can do and refuses to pay you to take the load back and cannot get you offloaded anywhere else. Broker expects you to hold the load in your trailer for multiple days with a measly layover pay (losing you thousands of dollars).

Is there an actual legal recourse? Does anyone have contract law on this? Have you experienced it?


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


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Big Scott's Comment
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What does your contact say?

PJ's Comment
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This is an area that is a catch 22 for the trucking company. It depends what your rate con says, as well as your contract with the broker.

Personally I would arrive at the rec’r on time stated on your rate con. if they refuse the load have them sign bol as refused load and return it to the shipper. I would speak with the boss on duty and professionally explain their options and try to convince them to help out. Of course keep the broker informed at each step. I would invoice them for the return and go through the process.

The rate con is your legal standing. You can sue them for not paying but legal costs may be more than the load paid.

If the equipment is yours they do not have legal right to say how you operate it.

File a complaint with the better with the BBB and FMCSA. Also if your a member contact OOIDA and seek advise from their legal dept.

Dealing with brokers is always a gamble. Some are far better than others. Always do your research on them before doing business with them.

I wish you the best let us know how it turns out.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


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