Author: Michael Erdman’s Wings Clipped by FAA, DC Court of Appeals

Last December the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a case involving the flight-sharing service   The website offered to match private pilots having planned itineraries with persons desiring air travel and willing to

Posted in FAA Regulations, Flight Sharing, Litigation

Uber’s Arbitration Clause Problem Part 1

As I mentioned in a recent post, I think it would be worthwhile to examine some of the previous orders in the O’Connor v. Uber class action litigation in California relating to Uber’s various arbitration provisions.  This post covers the

Posted in Arbitration, Class Action, Litigation, Ride Sharing

Chicago Cabbies and Livery Drivers Walk Away from Uber Lawsuit

I practice in Chicago and try to keep a close eye on Sharing Economy developments both locally and in Springfield.  I previously examined a federal court decision involving legal challenges by some of Uber’s competitors here, and as you might

Posted in Consumer Fraud/Unfair Competition, Labor Law, Litigation, Ordinances, Ride Sharing

Landlord’s Permission to List Unit on Airbnb Ruled Irrelevant (and Illegal)

Joelle Kraft lived in a rent-controlled one bedroom unit in Venice, California.  She had an agreement with her original landlord that permitted her to list the premises on Airbnb: This Agreement is in addition to the existing lease agreement between

Posted in Home Sharing, Litigation, Zoning

Another Class Certified Against Uber. What’s in YOUR Arbitration Agreement?

So I’ve finally accepted the fact that the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work.  Here we go! One of my first posts here related to some of the litigation pending against Uber in the N.D.

Posted in Arbitration, Class Action, Litigation, Ride Sharing

Uber Email Leads to Certification of Class Action

Last week brought another ruling in putative class action litigation pending against Uber in federal court in California.  This time it was Ehret v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 14-cv-113 (N.D. Cal 2015), wherein plaintiff alleged Uber misrepresented an automatic 20% charge

Posted in Class Action, Consumer Fraud/Unfair Competition, Litigation, Ride Sharing

Chicago Gives Ride Sharing Firms Green Light for Airport Pick-ups

Several weeks back – just in time for the holidays – the Chicago City Council’s recent amendments to its Airports ordinance took effect, permitting for the first time pick-ups by licensed ride sharing providers at Chicago area airports (O’Hare and

Posted in Airports, Ordinances, Ride Sharing

Zoning Restrictions Strictly Construed Against Town, Keeps Home Renter in Business

Score one for a happy homeowner in Hurley, NY. The Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court recently reversed the judgment of a lower court that had dismissed a Hurley homeowner’s petition seeking to overturn a Zoning Board of Appeals

Posted in Home Sharing, Litigation, Zoning

Chicago Taxi Dispatchers and Medallion Owners Take On Uber

Here in Chicago, the first court decision involving a ride sharing business came down last summer.  In Yellow Group LLC v. Uber Technologies Inc., 12-cv-7967 (July 10, 2014), Judge Sara L. Ellis of the U.S. District Court for the Northern

Posted in Consumer Fraud/Unfair Competition, Lanham Act, Litigation, Ride Sharing

HomeAway Defeats Alleged Scrapers’ “Procedural Fencing”

In one of the first federal appellate court decisions involving a “Sharing Economy” company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, back in 2013, issued what largely amounts to a civil procedure opinion in VRCompliance LLC v.

Posted in Civil Procedure, Home Sharing, Litigation, Terms of Use