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Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Ford Puts Autonomous Vehicles in the Fast Lane

As the conversation around driverless cars progresses from “if” to “when,” the debate over the timeline for the mainstreaming of this technology rages on. Some argue millions of driverless cars will be available by 2020....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.22.16

The SEC’s opened an inquiry into Hampton Creek in response to a Bloomberg report that the Just Mayo maker used undercover contractors to purchase its non-egg mayonnaise product in bulk not long before HC raised $90 million...more

Uber’s $100 Million Settlement Rejected by Judge; Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuit to Proceed

Earlier yesterday, Uber was dealt yet another setback in its efforts to settle the IC misclassification lawsuits brought against it by Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts. As readers of this legal blog will recall...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.18.16

A SDNY jury has found former JPMorgan banker Sean Stewart guilty of insider trading based on allegations that Stewart was leaking confidential information about health care company mergers to his dad....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.16.16

ValueAct Capital Mgmt, an activist investor, has taken a $1.1 billion stake in Morgan Stanley with 38 million shares that represent about 2% of shares outstanding. Unlike normal activists (at least for now), ValueAct took the...more

Court: Web Registration Did Not Establish User Assent to Arbitration Agreement

Perhaps overshadowed in the raging battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal to ban the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements involving consumer financial products or services is...more

SDNY Refuses to Enforce Uber’s Online “Sign-In-Wrap” Terms, Arbitration Provision and Jury Waiver Clause

On July 29, 2016, the Southern District of New York, in Meyer v. Kalanick, refused to enforce mandatory arbitration and jury waiver provisions against a putative class of Uber consumers. In a lengthy and strongly worded...more

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the five independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases reported below from July 2016 illustrate how companies continue to fail to structure, document, and implement a business’s IC relationships in a manner that...more

Court Denies Uber Motion to Compel Arbitration of Class Antitrust Claims Because Mobile App’s Terms of Service Were Inconspicuous

Late last week, influential federal judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York denied a motion to compel arbitration of an antitrust class action complaint pending against ride-hailing pioneer Uber Technologies....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.2.16

A day-after assessment of the Uber/Didi deal through the lens of another yet tech giant who’s failed to overcome the many obstacles of establishing a meaningful presence in China....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.1.16

And just like that, Uber’s ride-hailing war in China is over (for now, at least). Uber has agreed to sell Uber China to rival Didi Chuxing [though maintaining a 20% stake in the new company], creating a new company worth an...more

Decentralized Storage – File Storage for the Future?

Decentralized cloud storage programs, smart contracts, and the shared economy– will they combine to be a mainstream method of storage method of the future? A number of companies are working to make it a reality. One, Sia...more

June 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The poster children of IC misclassification cases dominated the news in June: Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, FedEx, an exotic dance club, and a trucking transport company. It was not a good month for any of them, yet as we have...more

Back to the future: The digital disruption debate

Video killed the radio star…or did it? In its most recent research paper analysing the effects and possible responses to digital disruption, the Productivity Commission observes that with each wave of change “speculation...more

Uber and Lyft Drivers Bring Class Action against Companies’ Terminating Services in Austin

Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. filed two proposed class actions in California on June 9, 2016, after the companies suddenly removed their services from Austin, Texas following new regulations....more

Set Pickup Location: Uber Is Coming to Retail

On-demand delivery services, such as Uber and its competitors Lyft and Postmates, are increasingly taking steps that have the potential to offer a counterpunch to online retailers such as Amazon and may shake up the brick and...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

Uber Class Action Lawsuit. Are Drivers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Recently, the ride-sharing program, Uber decided to settle two major class-actions lawsuits, filed in California and Massachusetts. These cases will help define how the company classifies drivers in the future....more

Sharing is caring: Are Uber, Lyft drivers independent contractors?

Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.13.16

We learned yesterday of the effect that broken mergers are having on some hedge funds. Now comes news that, like many other institutional investors, large US insurance companies are yanking huge sums of money out of their...more

Uber hit with class action case for sending political texts to customers

Uber Technologies, Inc. was hit with another class action lawsuit last week for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent text messages to its customers without prior written consent....more

Can SafeHer, a Women-For-Women Ridesharing Company, Overcome the Challenges of Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Despite lawsuits and persistent legal uncertainties, the “sharing economy” is booming, and the companies at its forefront continue to grow. Some of these businesses are a natural complement to the hotel industry, while...more

April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

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