Colombia: Antitrust regulator fines Uber for blocking probe

Colombia: Antitrust regulator fines Uber for blocking probe

Colombia’s antitrust regulator is fining ride-sharing app Uber US $625,000 for allegedly obstructing an investigation into its operations in the country. The action on Monday, August 12, stems from a 2017 inspection of the company’s office in Bogota. Regulators were seeking information about Uber’s corporate structure, but said executives provided evasive answers and instructed employees […]

Rusia: Yandex enters joint venture with Uber

Rusia:  Yandex enters joint venture with Uber

Russian internet company Yandex’s  joint venture with Uber has agreed to buy Russian taxi firm Vezet’s core business, further cementing Yandex’s role as a major online taxi operator in Russia and neighboring countries. Taxi, ride sharing and car sharing services have been booming in Russia over the last couple of years after a number of […]

South Korea: Ex-Uber CEO considers new shared kitchen market

South Korea: Ex-Uber CEO considers new shared kitchen market

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who currently heads Los Angeles-based shared service provider City Storage Systems, will enter South Korea with Cloud Kitchens next month, according to industry sources on March 18. The shared kitchen service offers cooking facilities and space for anyone who wants to start a food business, but does not have enough […]

Vietnam: Watchdog appeals Grab-Uber antitrust ruling

Vietnam: Watchdog appeals Grab-Uber antitrust ruling

Vietnam’s competition watchdog has appealed a ruling that Grab did not violate antitrust laws in its acquisition of Uber’s operations in the country. The Vietnam Competition and Customer Protection Authority (VCA) said in a statement that it disagreed with the ruling of the Vietnam Competition Council (VCC) on June 17, saying the acquisition has led to Grab […]

US: Uber’s classification of drivers may violate CA antitrust law judge says

US: Uber’s classification of drivers may violate CA antitrust law judge says

According to a report from Reuters, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that Uber Technologies’s treatment of drivers as independent contractors rather than employees could significantly harm competition and may violate California antitrust law. Bloomberg Law reported that Judge Edward Chen of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, who […]

US: Judge indicates Uber class action suit will likely advance

US: Judge indicates Uber class action suit will likely advance

According to Courthouse News, a federal judge indicated Thursday, May 30, he will likely advance a class action that could make Uber change the way it classifies drivers as independent contractors in California. US District Judge Edward Chen refused to accept Uber’s argument that it cannot be sued by a competitor for allegedly misclassifying drivers […]

US: Warren faces pushback over calls to break up Big Tech

US: Warren faces pushback over calls to break up Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren’s call to break up giant tech companies like Google and Facebook is facing some opposition in California, reported wbur.com. This time, however, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s proposal to check Big Tech may complicate her relationship with a state that has traditionally been a cash cow for her. California is home to three […]

US: Quinn Emanuel joins Uber rival case

US: Quinn Emanuel joins Uber rival case

Lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are fighting an attempt by their former client, Uber, to disqualify the firm from pursuing antitrust claims against it by a former rival ride-hailing app, reported Law.com. Uber’s current lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher filed a motion in February to disqualify Quinn Emanuel from representing SC Innovations, […]

Poland: Gov proposes tough anti-Uber law

Poland: Gov proposes tough anti-Uber law

Poland’s government has proposed new legislation that will require Uber and other ride-sharing companies to use only licensed taxi drivers from 2020 onwards. The government claims that the new law is aimed at creating fair competition between Uber and taxis. In recent months, there has been a growing rift between taxis and ride-sharing drivers offering […]

UK: Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

UK: Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

Four UK Uber drivers are filing a lawsuit against the company for alleged violations of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, according to a report by CNBC. The drivers claim that Uber is “failing to honor its obligations” under the law. GDPR rules state that individuals have a right to their own data, even […]

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