Instacart cuts jobs, an engineer gets pardoned, and Lyft launches a new offer. LegalRideshare Breaks it down.

MONDAY 1/18/21

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Uber, once a victim, now a victor of an ad fraud case. Forbes explains:

“Uber counterclaimed against Phunware, accusing it, its co-founder and CEO Alan Knitowski and several other employees of wire fraud, racketeering, transporting fraudulently obtained funds across state lines and common law fraud, seeking up to $17 million in compensation as well as additional amounts for punitive damages.

Ultimately, in a form of victory rarely seen in the courts, the Reed Smith team won a motion for terminating sanctions against Phunware. …

Airbnb braces for inauguration, workers get vaccinated, and Uber unloads delivery bots. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 1/11/21

In an effort to protect hosts, Airbnb announced it’s looking at blocking all DC reservations next week. Airbnb added:

We are reviewing reservations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. If we confirm that any guests are associated with a hate group or otherwise not allowed on our platform for violating certain community policies prohibiting violence or engaging in criminal activity, we will cancel those reservations and ban them from Airbnb.

TUESDAY 1/12/21

The fight against Prop-22 appears far from over. ABC News explains:

Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. …

Lyft says no, Alto drives to Cali and DoorDash customers pay more. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 1/4/21

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When a Lyft passenger got buried in medical bills after an accident, Lyft told him they wouldn’t help. CBS Denver explains:

Brian Fritts was riding in the back of a Lyft ride share when it was involved in a hit-and-run rollover crash. However, Lyft allegedly declined to take any responsibility for the more than $173,000 in medical bills he now has.

With mounting medical bills Fritts expected Lyft to cover them. However, when his attorney Eric Faddis sought compensation Lyft declined to pay. …

A Lyft driver faces a harsh reality, drivers get new tech, and vaccines roll out. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 12/14/20

What started as a fender-bender turned into a financial mess for one Lyft driver. CBS Chicago interviewed Attorney & Co-founder of LegalRideshare Bryant Greening:

Greening, of the Chicago-based firm Legal Rideshare, said insurance is the most common topic in his cases. He said some policies only cover certain phases of the job — such as when you are looking for a passenger versus when you are actively driving them.

“To adequately protect yourself, you need to go into your insurance company and say: ‘I want full coverage for rideshare work. I want to make sure that I am covered if I cause damage to somebody else’s person or property,’” Greening said. …

Airbnb goes IPO, Lyft gets hungry, and Prop 22 goes national. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 11/16/20

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Airbnb has officially filed for IPO status even as bookings sank. CNET reported:

Airbnb said bookings on its platform fell by 72% in April from the year before. But, in June through September, the company said it began to see a rebound with bookings down around 20% from the year prior. To mitigate those losses, Airbnb laid off 1,900 employees, 25% of its staff, in May. It also raised $2 billion in debt funding in April.

TUESDAY 11/17/20

It looks like Uber may be ditching its self-driving division. …

Uber adds booking, Prop 22 woes and DoorDash going public. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 11/09/20

Uber goes up. Shares of the company popped up over 7.38%. The reason? A COVID-19 vaccine is on the way. Techcrunch reported:

Uber shares surged 7.38% to close at $48.18 following news that a vaccine candidate is 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, and could start coming to market in a matter of months.

Uber’s share pop is notable beyond this one-day vaccine-news boost. This is the highest close for Uber since its public market debut in May 2019. …

Prop 22 passes, scooters give bikes a boost, and a win for disabled rights. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 11/2/20

On election eve, an Uber Engineer quit over pressure to support Prop 22. KQED explains:

“I felt like I was stripped of my voice because if I said anything there would be a conflict of interest or it would affect the financials of the company. That’s a weird place to be in. It’s something I didn’t want to normalize,” he said.

Finally, in the middle of the pandemic and without another job, he decided he would quit. …

Drivers go after Uber, new features on the app, and grocery service comes to Manhattan. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 10/26/20

A new lawsuit aimed at Uber claims they fire drivers based on a racially-biased system. NPR reported:

“Uber has long known that relying on a system that depends on passenger evaluation of drivers is discriminatory,” wrote the driver’s attorney, Shannon Liss-Riordan, in the federal lawsuit, which was filed in San Francisco and is seeking class-action status. The suit claims Uber fires drivers if their average ratings drop too low.

TUESDAY 10/27/20

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In an effort to make rides safer, Uber has rolled out some new privacy features. …

Uber and unions go head-to-head, house parties cause chaos and engineers in India. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 10/12/20

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The New York Times sounded off on Prop 22 with some choice words: “Reject it.” They added:

Uber and Lyft especially have exerted meaningful control over their workers, including by setting base fares, dictating which routes to take and even denying drivers access to the apps — all without recourse.

If the ballot proposal fails, the companies appear poised to increase prices after years of keeping them artificially low. …

MESA, AZ — An Uber driver has been arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangerment and disorderly conduct, after he allegedly fired a gun at five rideshare passengers, following an argument over face masks, on Friday, October 9, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona.

During the ride, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the driver allegedly noticed a passenger’s face mask had slid below her nose. The driver, Peter Caso, allegedly demanded that the passenger fix her face covering. Minutes later, the passenger’s mask slipped again. …



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