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 […]

US: Judge orders Uber to hand over acquisition report of Levandowski startup

US: Judge orders Uber to hand over acquisition report of Levandowski startup

Uber has lost two key battles in its trade-secret litigation with Waymo, Google’s self-driving car spinoff. First, a magistrate judge has ruled that Uber must hand over the due diligence report related to its $680 million acquisition of self-driving car startup Otto. Uber had been trying to keep that report secret by claiming attorney-client privilege. […]

Brazil: Uber rival 99 secures $100Mn from SoftBank

Brazil: Uber rival 99 secures $100Mn from SoftBank

Brazil-based 99 has raised a whopping $100 million from SoftBank in funding, just a few months after raising the same amount from Didi Chuxing in January. This investment round, considered as an extension of the previous round, is now closed for over $200 million. With the freshly raised funds, 99 will focus on expanding its […]

EU: Taxis launch alliance to compete with Uber

EU: Taxis launch alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber. Social media platforms like Uber “make it too easy to do social dumping at our expense”, said Loreno Bittarelli, president of URI and a vice-president of TaxiEurope Alliance. Since […]

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 […]