Drivers, and Oxford comma, come up huge in lawsuit…

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Just ask Oakhurst Dairy in Maine.

A group of ME dairy delivery drivers will receive $5 million in a proposed settlement for unpaid overtime, according to court records filed on Thursday.

Oakhurst Dairy settled a lawsuit with its grammarian delivery drivers for $5 million, which is half the initial total sought by the plaintiffs, according to the Associated Press.

The case, over on a missing Oxford comma in ME overtime pay's law, captured national attention this past March. The suit concerned an exemption from Maine's overtime law that says it doesn't apply to "canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of" foods.

The drivers' employer had claimed they were exempt from overtime pay, according to Maine's labor laws.

In 2014, the delivery drivers filed a legen-dairy lawsuit arguing they were owed additional compensation because a ME law detailing overtime exemptions did not include a serial comma. On March 13, a federal court reversed a lower court decision and sided with the truck drivers, saying that there was enough punctuation ambiguity in the drivers' favor.

Oxford comma proponents argue that if the law had a serial comma, or Oxford comma, after "shipment", it would have been clear that "distribution" was written to be a separate item in the law's list.

Perhaps sensing more grammar-related disputes on the horizon, ME is taking no chances and has removed any ambiguity in its overtime pay exception list.

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