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Bed Time! Uber Announces Mandatory Rest Periods

by Fisher Phillips on

In a move met with near-universal praise, Uber recently announced it will now require drivers take at least six hours of time off for every 12 hours they spend driving. After announcing this decision last month, Uber rolled...more

Ride Sharing Is Already Reducing Car Ownership and Public Transportation Usage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent study by the ride-hailing service Lyft and a similar study by a group of American universities pointed to the positive impact ride-sharing services not only have on consumers, but on the surrounding communities they...more

Federal Appeals Court Hears Next Round In Seattle’s Gig Worker Union Organizing Fight

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument today over a proposal that would permit ride-sharing drivers who work for companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize and form unions. Given what could be at stake—the potential...more

Five Key Independent Contractor Legal Developments in 2017 – and What to Expect in 2018 (Part I)

by Locke Lord LLP on

2017 was notable for a shift in the law of independent contractors. Part 1, below, discusses five key legal developments from 2017 you should be aware of. Part 2, which will follow tomorrow, offers readers predictions of what...more

Public Transportation Agencies Borrow Ideas From Private Ride Sharing Apps To Enhance Services

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The popularity of ride sharing services have brought a flurry of innovative changes to public transit agencies. Such changes include, for example, partnering with private ride sharing services as well as offering smartphone...more

Drivers Get a Lyft to Higher Education

by Fisher Phillips on

While the national debate rages on among policymakers, gig businesses, and worker advocates about whether and how to offer benefits to gig workers, some gig businesses are coming up with creative benefit offerings to meet at...more

The Rubber Meets the Road When Gig Economy Execs Get Behind the Wheel

by Fisher Phillips on

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden - The well-known rideshare company Lyft has personified the above quote from legendary basketball coach John Wooden when it recently...more

Lyfting TNCs and On-Demand/Sharing Economy Companies Out of the Misclassification Abyss By Mandating Workplace Insurance in Driver...

by Benesch on

Unlike traditional motor carriers that transport cargo, many Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs), e.g., Uber and Lyft, and similar on-demand/sharing economy companies (On-Demand Companies), e.g., GrubHub (a food...more

Ride Sharing App Lyft Hit With TCPA Claim Based on Marketing Partner

by Reed Smith on

Lyft, Inc. was hit with a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) this month. The plaintiffs allege that Lyft is liable for text messages sent by Jobcase, Inc., Lyft’s marketing agency....more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

State of the Automotive Industry in the U.S. Conference Followup

by Burr & Forman on

Here are some conference key takeaways we wanted to share with you that we found interesting from the STATE OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IN THE U.S. presentation. - Global vehicle sales are expected to reach 101.6 million in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how...more

Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over...more

A Changing Retail Streetscape: Rethinking Shopping Center Parking Lots

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

A recurring theme of this blog is that e-commerce, mobile devices, and evolving technology are changing the retail landscape. It seems that technology shifts are also poised to change the retail streetscape. More...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So much for the quiet off-ramping for SoFi’s Mike Cagney. The fintech company’s board announced on Friday that Cagney is out immediately as CEO, not at the end of the year as Cagney had announced earlier in the week....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The CFPB issued a no-action letter to Upstart Network this week that will allow the online lender to “continue using alternative credit data to evaluate borrowers in exchange for providing data to the federal consumer finance...more

Seattle Ordinance Allowing Ride-Sharing Drivers To Unionize Temporarily Blocked By Ninth Circuit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked enforcement of the City of Seattle’s Ordinance 124968, which grants certain collective bargaining rights to independent contractors who drive for ride-sharing...more

The Gig Economy Can Also Satisfy Your Late-Night Cravings

by Fisher Phillips on

Late one night, you request a Lyft ride home, but at the same time, you suddenly develop a craving for a delicious Crunchwrap Supreme. What do you do? Fret not: Lyft is testing a new ride-sharing experience that is certain to...more

Court Ruling Means We’re One Step Closer To A Unionized Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The battle over organizing workers in the on-demand economy continues to heat up. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others challenging the City of Seattle’s...more

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

by Dentons on

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?  

by Fisher Phillips on

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

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