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Uber Steers for Mandatory Arbitration

After its bid to compel arbitration stalled in the district court, Uber is gearing up to argue before the Second Circuit that its users waive their right to a jury trial when they sign up for its app. The defendants in...more

Will Culture Change at Uber Before It’s Too Late?

What happens when a company delivers a superior product or service which is enthusiastically embraced by the consuming public, has a contented, if not equally enthusiastic, public facing work force and the business itself...more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

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The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

A Retail Lawyer’s Reflections Upon Moonlighting as an Uber Driver - How Uber and Other Rideshare Services are Impacting Landlords,...

By now, we’ve all realized that rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have materially impacted a number of industries during their relatively short lifetimes. For this real estate lawyer, 2016 represented the year in which...more

Is a “Very Strange Year at Uber” a Cue to Improve Culture or Harassment Training …or Both?

Whenever we see headlines about an organization embroiled in some kind of ethical or legal misstep, what usually follows are a series of questions about what exactly went wrong. The answers to these questions usually shine a...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...more

Startup Culture Seems to Be Missing One Key Ingredient—Culture

Sometimes when I read tales of startups riddled with problems of corporate culture and poor conduct, I want to grab the founders by their shoulders and shout, “You’re doing it wrong!” I suspect I’m not alone among compliance...more

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Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

Latest Misclassification Settlement Fails To Lyft Sharing Economy Companies

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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #3

Last week, Quartz reported on a new academic study about gender-based differential treatment in the finance industry. According to the study, women working as financial advisors are 50% more likely than men to lose their...more

Uber’s Section 101 Motion to Dismiss Defeated by “Inventive” Ordered Combination

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, X One, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-06050-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - Uber Technologies, the transportation network giant, recently lost a motion to dismiss a...more

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Following up on news last week that Bill Ackman was finally done with his grand Valeant experiment, the Times gives us a deeper look at what was really going on with the activist investor’s bet and ultimate $4 billion loss....more

Google Takes the Driver’s Seat in its Suit against Uber

The accidental push of a “send” button has Google zealously fighting to protect its exclusive driverless car technology. On February 23, 2017, Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo LLC (“Waymo”), filed a lawsuit in the...more

Will Austin Come Crawling Back To Uber And Lyft?

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

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

More Lessons from Uber — Terminations Without Due Process Are Not the Answer

Yes, I am still obsessed about all things Uber these days. That said, I have been ruminating over one development last week that just didn’t sit right with me. On the one hand, I know firsthand how that bro-centric...more

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Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

California’s Legislative Approach To Regulating The Sharing Economy: Regroup

The month of February and its immediate aftermath is always an exciting time for California legislation. That’s the month when legislators submit all of the new bills that will be sought for passage in the state legislature,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017

Last week, sexual harassment and sex discrimination received significant media attention. The Washington Post revealed statements made by 250 current and former employees of Sterling Jewelers, parent company to Kay Jewelers...more

Uber’s Latest Win Provides Roadmap For Sharing Economy Companies Battling Misclassification

I coauthored an article last week about Uber’s big misclassification victory in a California court. This decision has not (yet) received the national attention it deserves, probably because of the procedural quirks involved...more

What Do Autonomous Vehicles Portend for Commercial Auto Insurance?

If you weren’t already convinced, this Drive.ai video of a self-driving system demonstrating an extended drive, at night, in rainy conditions, without human intervention, shows how close we may be as a society in which human...more

Are Corporate Travel Programs Learning to Love the Sharing Economy?

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

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It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

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