(Bloomberg) — FedEx Corp. drivers will have to start over in a fight over their employee status in Missouri.

A federal appeals court said on Friday that a trial judge improperly ruled that the drivers weren't independent contractors and should've left the issue to a jury to determine.

A jury awarded thousands of dollars in back benefits to the drivers in April 2014, after the federal judge determined their status. That was something the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis declined to tackle.

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