California Governor Announces Deal to Remove Regulation of Lyft, Uber from PUC

On June 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Mark Leno, and Assemblymember Mike Gatto announced a blockbuster agreement to transfer oversight of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft from the California Public Utilities Commission to the California State Transportation Agency, which includes the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Although rumors had […]

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

On Tuesday, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require Hosting Platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway, etc., to assume responsibility for ensuring that individuals listing their properties on the platform have a current registration with the […]

Uber Class Action Settlement Faces Objections from Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Uber’s recently announced $100 million settlement to resolve the O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. class action, in which plaintiffs sought an order deeming them employees, rather than independent contractors, already faces objections from an unlikely source — plaintiffs’ attorneys leading other putative class actions against Uber that would be resolved under the terms of the […]

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California.  The “Phase II” regulations come more than 2.5 years after the Commission first created rules specific to TNCs, defining them as companies using an “online-enabled […]

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to appeal an order granting class certification of approximately 240,000 Uber driver’s in California.  The primary issue in […]

Uber Settles Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

Uber announced that it has reached a settlement in two putative class action lawsuits, Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which alleged that Uber’s labeling of a $1 charge as a “Safe Rides” fee was misleading.  Plaintiffs sought approval from the U.S. District Court on February 11.  The pair of lawsuits was filed […]

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 change some of its terms of service, the agreement does not require the San Francisco ride-sharing company to convert its drivers to employees. […]

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