OOIDA ordered to pay $3.25 million plus attorney’s fees

building_nightThis jury verdict (below) involved a female employee shot in the head in OOIDA’s parking lot. (See links below)

The “surveillance” video observing the parking lot was installed after a female employee was raped in their parking lot.

I suspect this verdict was won in part because the video feeds from cameras were displayed on TV’s located in a room that nobody monitored – ever.

I don’t know the nature of the argument brought on behalf of Ms. Wieland that convinced a jury Jimmy Johnson and his gang was negligent.

OOSI is the “for-profit” subsidiary of OOIDA with a separate shadow board unknown to sitting board members of OOIDA even though OOIDA is “supposed” to be 100% member owned. All employees with the exception of Jim and Todd are paid through OOSI.

By the way, for an organization that claims to care about drivers, this is one of many employee lawsuits against Johnston, most of which the board is NEVER informed about. If they are told anything, it is filtered through Jim and only what he wants them to hear. 40 years as President of the organization has corrupted him absolutely!

This money paid out is actually the members money from paying for services (insurance mostly) – I guess the ads they run about buying insurance from an organization that cares for truckers needs a disclaimer that they do pay out a lot from mismanaging employees!


JUDGMENT This cause came to a jury trial on November 2, 2015. Plaintiff Amie Wieland appeared by her attorneys, T. Wesley Shumate, Scott Bethune, and Jarrett Leiker. Defendant Owner-Operator Services, Inc. appeared by its attorneys Michelle Stewart, Jennifer Sager, and Edwin Smith.

A jury was seated on November 2, 2015 and evidence was presented through November 9, 2015.

At the end of Plaintiff’s evidence, on November 6, 2015, Defendant made an oral Motion for Directed Verdict. The Motion was DENIED in all respects. At the close of all evidence, Defendant made a written Motion for Directed Verdict. The Motion was DENIED. Following the close of evidence and closing arguments by each party (which occurred on November 10, 2015), the jury recessed for deliberations.

On November 10, 2015, the jury returned its verdict as follows:

On the claim of Plaintiff Amie Wieland for personal injury against Defendant Owner-Operator Services, Inc., the jury found for Plaintiff and assessed damages in the amount of three million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,250,000.00). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED as follows: Per the verdict reference above, on the claim of personal injury against Defendant OwnerOperator Services, Inc., judgment is entered in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of three million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,250,000.00). Costs are assessed against the Defendant.

11/12/15 DATE JACK GRATE, Circuit Judge

Certificate of Service This is to certify that a copy of the foregoing was hand delivered/faxed/emailed/mailed and/or sent through the eFiling system to the following on 11/12/2015. T. Wesley Shumate, Scott Bethune, Jarrett Leiker, Michelle Stewart, Jennifer Sager, and Edwin Smith Kelly Collins, Law Clerk

The is $3,250,000.00 of the members money people…

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(see: http://fox4kc.com/2012/11/28/surveillance-shooting-shows-woman-shot-in-head-by-ex-boyfriend/  and  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Murder-Suspect-Dies-After-Standoff-180608881.html).