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Uber Willing to Pay $100 Million to Keep Its Drivers Classified as Independent Contractors

Recently, Uber announced that it agreed to pay drivers in California and Massachusetts $100 million in an effort to ensure that the drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. In just six years, Uber has...more

Uber Tries to “Lyft” Itself Out of Two Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits By Settling for Up To $100 Million – But...

Only two weeks after a federal court judge in California rejected a proposed $12.25 million independent contractor misclassification settlement between Lyft and its drivers in California because it “shortchanged” the drivers...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Spring 2016

Employee versus Independent Contractor: The Latest - Courts have been dealing with the issue of whether a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor for many years. The common law established specific...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

Blog: #Insurtech, And The Emergence Of Peer-To-Peer Insurance

Insurers and insurance distributors don’t usually think of themselves as emerging companies. These industries “emerged” more than 300 years ago; and they’ve been growing and developing ever since. So why is Cooley being asked...more

Listen up white-hats–Uber is paying bug bounty

Uber recently announced that it has launched a bug bounty program that will pay white-hat hackers up to $10,000 for exposure of information that identifies “critical issues,” such as Social Security numbers, credit card...more

The “Sharing Economy” Creeps into Retail

Millenials are having an increasing impact on the retail industry. Reports estimate that the generation’s, defined as people born between 1982 and 2004, spending will soon account for approximately 30% of all retail sales, as...more

Opposition to Lyft’s $12.25 Million Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement May Cause Court to Nix the Deal

Papers were filed in court today formally opposing the deal that Lyft agreed to with the lawyers representing over 100,000 Lyft drivers in their class action brought in the federal court in San Francisco. The objectors were...more

Gig Economy Threatened By Proposed Legislation for Collective Bargaining Rights

Gig economy workers would gain the right to collectively bargain for benefits and wages under groundbreaking legislative amendments introduced in California this week by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). The...more

Oficinas compartidas: ¿el “Uber” de los inmuebles comerciales?

El nuevo consumo colaborativo está cambiando la forma en que los negocios se han hecho tradicionalmente en todas las industrias. El negocio de inmuebles comerciales no es una excepción. Así como Uber y Lyft han afectado la...more

Canadian Employment News Series: Top 5 Canadian Employment Law Trends for 2016

Having recently reflected on the Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015, we have now compiled a list of five significant Canadian employment law trends that employers can expect to see in 2016....more

Insure Your Risk as an Airbnb Host

As Bay Area residents prepared for thousands of football fans and media to descend on their region for the Super Bowl, one began to hear the sorts of rumblings that typically precede big events. Traffic will be terrible....more

Shared Office Space – The “Uber” of Commercial Real Estate?

The new sharing economy is changing the way business has traditionally been done across industries. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Just like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the hired car industry and Airbnb...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more…...more

Lyft Reaches Settlement Preserving Independent Contractor Status for Drivers

Lyft, Inc. has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by drivers that preserves the drivers’ classification as independent contractors rather than employees. Although Lyft agreed to pay $12.25 million and...more

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have...more

Uber settles with NY AG over “God View” tracking of riders

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has settled its investigation of Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber), over allegations that Uber executives could access an aerial view of riders’ locations...more

Seattle Becomes First City in U.S. to Allow Uber Drivers to Unionize

In December, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in favor of legislation that expressly permits drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to unionize. Drivers for these companies, who are treated as...more

N.Y. Appeals Court Ruling on Short-Term Rental Lodging May Have Implications for Airbnb and Other “Sharing Economy” Companies

The New York Appellate Division’s recent decision that blocked a municipality’s attempt to regulate a homeowner’s renting out of his individual residence as short-term lodging demonstrates challenges that may face...more

Don’t Tip Just Yet: Uber Taxi Class Gets Limited Certification

A federal judge in San Francisco recently certified a limited class in a lawsuit against Uber under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). The plaintiff sought to...more

Uber Complicated? State and Local Labor Law May Fill in Federal Gaps

Last week, Seattle passed a historic law that would allow Uber drivers – whom Uber has steadfastly maintained are independent contractors despite legal challenges – to organize, form a union, and bargain over the terms and...more

The Next Chapter – Uber Responds to District Court Order With a New Arbitration Agreement

Not only did Uber respond to the district court’s December 9, 2015, ruling (discussed in our December 11 blog) with an immediate notice of appeal, but on December 11 it rolled out a new arbitration agreement for its drivers....more

Insurance Issues in the Sharing Economy

Last week, I co-moderated a panel discussion at the Bar Association of San Francisco entitled “Insurance Issues In The Sharing Economy.” We had a lively and informative panel discussion between Kate Sampson, Managing Director...more

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