Uber: A New Challenge for Regulation and Competition Law?

Posted by Social Science Research Network Uber: A New Challenge for Regulation and Competition Law? By Margherita Colangelo (University of Rome III) & Mariateresa Maggiolino (Bocconi University) Abstract:      The rise of new software platforms presents regulators and antitrust agencies all over the world with a challenge. Should regulations adapt to the new services of the […]

UK: Uber competitor Lyft met with London transport authorities

UK: Uber competitor Lyft met with London transport authorities

Lyft, Uber’s closest US rival in the taxi-hailing business, met repeatedly with officials from London’s transport regulator over the past year, a sign it may be targeting the city for international expansion. Transport for London (TfL), which oversees taxi and private hire car operators, published details of the meetings with Lyft executives in response to […]

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 […]

UK: Ride-hailing Taxify suspends service after 3 days

UK: Ride-hailing Taxify suspends service after 3 days

Uber rival Taxify has temporarily halted operations in London, the company said on Friday, September 8, after local regulator Transport for London said the new market entrant had failed to obtain a proper operating licence. The Estonian taxi-hailing start-up, which is active in 25 cities in central and eastern Europe and Africa, this week launched […]

Russia: Yandex, Uber formalize JV application

Russia: Yandex, Uber formalize JV application

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has received a motion filed by companies Yandex and Uber for a joint venture in Russia, the watchdog announced on August 21. If the deal is made, consumers will continue to have access to both services as before, FAS said. The application will be considered within 30 days with the […]

US: Uber scores a victory in Appeals Court

US: Uber scores a victory in Appeals Court

A US appeals court on Thursday, August 17, ruled in favor of Uber Technologies in a closely watched lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the ride-sharing company when they registered for its service. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan vacated a lower court order that denied motions by […]

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 […]

Spain: Madrid targets Uber’s new service

Spain: Madrid targets Uber’s new service

Authorities in Madrid asked Spain’s regulator, the CNMC, to probe Uber’s new low-cost airport service and whether it is a form of unfair competition. Last year, the CNMC asked the government to remove the ban on Uber’s services. After returning, Uber recently offered rides from the airport to Madrid’s city center at a greatly reduced […]

US: Uber under FTC investigation

US: Uber under FTC investigation

Adding to the embattled ride-hailing company’s troubles, Uber is now reportedly under investigation for privacy violations by the Federal Trade Commission. Currently it’s purely speculation exactly what has the FTC investigators interested in Uber, which was reported Thursday by Recode. The site speculated that it could be the employees’ use of “god view,” a tool […]

US: AG to join Uber’s antitrust team

US: AG to join Uber’s antitrust team

After departing the Texas attorney general’s office, Eric Lipman will be starting at Uber Technologies in its San Francisco headquarters on June 26, he said in an email Wednesday. Lipman was the Texas assistant attorney general who took a leading role in the blockbuster e-book price-fixing case against Apple is set to leave the state […]