Category: Ride Sharing

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

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

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

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