Author: Michael Erdman

Ride-Sharing Platforms and Tort Liability Exposure: Know and Mean What You Say

While the first legal issue that comes to mind for many when considering the new ride-sharing platforms is the employee v. independent contractor question, exposure to tort liability should also be near the top of the list for platforms, service

Posted in Litigation, Ride Sharing, Terms of Use, Torts

Early Court Decision Mentioning “Sharing Economy” Offers Lessons for Platforms, Hints from Judiciary

Perhaps the biggest legal issue facing what I’ll refer to here as ride-sharing companies is whether their drivers should be classified and treated as employees or independent contractors. When an employer/employee relationship exists, the employer may be responsible for paying

Posted in Class Action, Labor Law, Litigation, Ride Sharing

FTC Hosts Robust Discussions on the Sharing Economy

Over the summer the U.S. Federal Trade Commission held a workshop entitled “The ‘Sharing’ Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators.”  The majority of the workshop was conducted by professors and FTC officials, with several notable exceptions. The regulation of

Posted in FTC

Keeping It Simple: What is the Sharing Economy?

Being a lawyer blogging about the “Sharing Economy,” I would be remiss if I didn’t first at least touch upon the meaning of the phrase. Having researched the issue, I am not aware of any binding legal definition of “Sharing

Posted in Definitions

First Impressions of the Sharing Economy

Some time in 2013 I first learned about mobile phone apps that could be used by anyone to summon a car for a ride.  Open the app, view and convey some information, and next thing you know somebody driving his

Posted in Personal