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Nominative Fair Use of Ride-Share Logos?

Earlier this year, we contemplated a suitable, accurate, and efficient generic name for the service category created by the highly-disruptive Uber brand: App-Based Ride Service....more

The Future Has Arrived For Self-Driving Cars

We first began studying the implications of self-driving cars, or “AVs”, two years ago. At that time, observers predicted that fully autonomous “Level 5” cars (i.e., a car with no steering wheel) would not appear in...more

New hope for Atlanta traffic in driverless cars

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The world came to know Atlanta at the height of the civil rights struggle as “the city too busy to hate.” Now, in spite of vigorous efforts by civic and political leaders to remedy the constellation of red tail lights that...more

The Sharing Economy And Discrimination Concerns: What Can You Do?  

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Recent studies have reported that race and gender disparities are not uncommon in the sharing economy. For example, it’s been reported that some gig workers were discriminating against customers with names that “sounded...more

Enjoy The Ride! Texas Ride-Sharing Businesses Can Now Escape Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law a measure that will regulate ride-sharing companies (H.B. 100) by establishing a consistent statewide framework to govern such businesses. The good news for ride-sharing...more

Lyft Drivers Allege Uber Spied on them for Competitive Edge

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A former Lyft driver filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Uber, alleging Uber violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the California Invasion of Privacy Act...more

New Florida Statute Regulates the Ride-Sharing Industry and Classifies Drivers as Independent Contractors

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The Florida Legislature recently enacted legislation regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as “ride-sharing” companies. Under the new statute, TNCs will be able to lawfully classify their...more

Drowsy Driving Permitted? Are Rideshare Drivers Subject to Shift Restrictions?

by Fisher Phillips on

Long hours and late nights detrimentally impact one’s ability to drive safely. The longer a driver has been awake, or the greater the number of hours he or she has worked, the more likely an accident may occur. Some...more

Uber and Lyft to Return to Austin, Texas?

by Fisher Phillips on

One year after Uber and Lyft terminated operations in Austin, Texas, the ride-sharing platforms may be ready to return. The issue stems from a City of Austin ordinance that requires all “transportation network companies”...more

Limited Impact of New Florida Law Deeming Uber, Lyft and Other Ride-Sharing Drivers Independent Contractors and Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the Transportation Network Companies Act (HB 221), which designates drivers for ride-sharing companies in the on-demand or gig economy as “independent contractors” as long...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

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Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Black Car Drivers in New York City Held Independent Contractors By Federal Court of Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While Uber has dominated the headlines when it comes to whether drivers on their on-demand, ride-sharing platforms are independent contractors or employees, similar battles are being waged elsewhere in the car service...more

March 2017: The 15 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. March 2017 was another month...more

Seattle’s Attempt to Unionize On-Demand Economy Dealt First Blow

by Fisher Phillips on

Not two weeks ago, we discussed several active court cases seeking to challenge the City of Seattle’s first-of-its-kind ordinance aimed at unionizing ride-sharing drivers, pointing out that the battle was about to reach a...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

Latest Misclassification Settlement Fails To Lyft Sharing Economy Companies

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last week, a federal court judge in California approved a settlement agreement whereby ride-sharing company Lyft agreed to pay $27 million to approximately 95,000 California drivers who alleged they were misclassified as...more

Will Austin Come Crawling Back To Uber And Lyft?

by Fisher Phillips on

The sharing economy has become so entrenched in our vocabulary and culture, it’s hard to remember when exactly the romance began. For Uber, the story started on a “snowy Paris evening in 2008” when two tech dudes had trouble...more

Spoiler Alert: Rulings Expected on Uber and Lyft Independent Contractor Settlements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Judges in California will likely soon issue rulings affecting two ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft. Those connected with the Lyft case will be pleased because it is expected that a federal district court judge in San...more

Are Corporate Travel Programs Learning to Love the Sharing Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

Not so long ago, corporate travel managers (no doubt encouraged by anxious lawyers) discouraged employees from using ride- and accommodation-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb for business travel. Times have...more

Immigration Compliance Dangers in the Shared Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

There is no greater area of innovation then the shared economy. Companies like Uber, Lyft, AirBnB are among the leaders in technical innovation and business strategy. At the heart of the shared economy is the idea that those...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...more

Your Uber Driver Might Not Be the Only One Who Knows Where You Were Picked Up and Dropped Off….

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Did you know that if you’ve taken a New York City taxi since 2009, your pick-up and drop-off locations were recorded and published (through June of 2016) on the internet for anyone to find? Now, New York City officials want...more

Should Rideshare Drivers be Allowed to Carry a Weapon? 

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent rash of attacks on Uber and Lyft drivers raises questions regarding the safety of these gig economy workers. Drivers must often work under dangerous circumstances, including chauffeuring complete strangers, many of...more

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