Samson v. Federal Exp. Corp., 746 F.3d 1196 (11th Cir. 2014) Disability Discrimination The main issue of fact concerned whether or not test-driving trucks in interstate commerce was an essential function of a mechanic’s position. In a landmark decision for people with disabilities, our firm successfully defeated Federal Express at the 11th circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Hess and his team were able to show to the Court that Federal Express was misusing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to justify their discriminatory actions toward Mr. Samson, a person with insulin dependent diabetes.