US: 9th Circuit delays Seattle’s landmark Uber-Lyft union law again

US: 9th Circuit delays Seattle’s landmark Uber-Lyft union law again

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon, September 8, issued an order to block the law until an appeal from the US Chamber of Commerce can be completed. US District Judge Robert Lasnik dismissed the chamber’s lawsuit last month, for the second time, but the chamber quickly appealed. “We believe the Court made […]

US: Uber, Lyft dealt setback in fight over Seattle driver union

US: Uber, Lyft dealt setback in fight over Seattle driver union

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have been dealt a setback in their efforts to prevent their drivers in Seattle from unionizing. US District Court Judge Robert Lasnik for the Western District of Washington state on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce in March to block a Seattle ordinance that would […]

The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between?

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between? By Mark Anderson (University of Idaho) & Max Huffman (Indiana University) Abstract:      The sharing economy is a new industrial structure that is made possible by instantaneous internet communication and changes […]

US: Supreme Court won’t hear Chicago ride-hailing case

US: Supreme Court won’t hear Chicago ride-hailing case

The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt the struggling Chicago cab industry a final low, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Court declined to take up the Chicago taxicab industry’s challenge to the city’s ordinances governing ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft, ending more than three years of litigation over regulations that the cab companies […]

US: Judge temporarily blocks law allowing Uber drivers to unionize

US: Judge temporarily blocks law allowing Uber drivers to unionize

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law that attempts to allow Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers to unionize. The law, passed in 2015, had been scheduled to go into effect this week. Seattle’s law allows Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers — who are categorized as independent contractors, not employees — […]

Whither Uber?: Competitive Dynamics in Transportation Networks

Benjamin Edelman, March 20, 2016 Transportation Network Companies offer notable service advances—but do they comply with the law? I offer evidence of some important shortfalls, then consider how the legal system might appropriately respond. Though it is tempting to forgive many violations in light of the companies’ benefits, I offer a cautionary assessment. For one, […]