New safety features, drivers get charged, and Uber gets a win. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 6/14/21

Uber and Lyft are adding new safety features, but is it enough? CBS Chicago reported:

“We’re finding that rideshare drivers are victimized at a much higher rate than the general public,” said Bryant Greening of the law firm LegalRideshare.

Greening said his driver assault cases continue to climb. He applauds Uber’s announcement that they’re offering rewards for tips leading to arrests in Chicago carjackings, and Lyft’s announcement that they will require an extra layer of account verification from riders who use anonymous payment methods.

TUESDAY 6/15/21

A setback in NY, riders call the shots and we launch a safety Fund. LegalRideshare breaks it down:

MONDAY 6/7/21

With COVID-19 on the decline, UK’s ridership is way up. The Financial Times reported:

Across Europe for the week commencing May 17, Uber’s total gross bookings recovered to more than 80 per cent of the level reported in the same period in 2019. The figures mark a striking recovery after the company reported a 38 per cent year-on-year drop in mobility revenues globally for the first three months of 2021.

TUESDAY 6/8/21

It looks like NY’s plan to unionize drivers just fell flat. …

CHICAGO — The law firm LegalRideshare LLC is establishing the Driver Safety Fund, in an effort to protect rideshare drivers from an increasingly dangerous environment. The mission of the Driver Safety Fund is to provide gig workers with the tools they need to stay safe, and also to bring alleged perpetrators of violence to justice.

LegalRideshare LLC co-founder and attorney Bryant Greening said his firm will donate $10,000 to purchase dash cameras for Chicago-based gig workers. The firm will allocate an additional $40,000 as rewards for the convictions of persons who assault or carjack gig workers.

“We refuse to sit…

DoorDash darts for 60, Instacart wants bots and drivers speak out. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 5/31/21

DoorDash’s newest goal: Gone in 60 minutes. Wall Street Journal preetika rana explains:

Apps say they can lower their delivery costs by bundling groceries and other nonperishable goods with hot food, and drivers can handle multiple orders at a time without having to worry about orders getting cold.

TUESDAY 6/1/21

Instacart has a plan: Robots. The Verge explains

Bloomberg details a plan for the gig-work grocery-delivery network to build “automated fulfillment centers around the US, where hundreds of robots would fetch boxes of cereal and cans…

CHICAGO – Cook County Associate Judge Moira Johnson denied electric scooter company Bird Rides, Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss a defective product lawsuit, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, holding the company must avail itself to the Court and answer discovery regarding an allegedly defective scooter.

The litigation stems from a June 20, 2019 crash, in Chicago, Illinois, in which an electric scooter struck bicyclist Allyson Medeiros head-on. Medeiros required multiple surgeries and incurred tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

The crash made national headlines when Medeiros’s attorneys, LegalRideshare LLC, summoned ten electric scooter companies to court to provide location…

Drivers get blocked, California demands electric and Uber needs drivers. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 5/17/21

After the merger with Postmates and Uber Eats, drivers are facing a harsh reality: They can’t work. @Buzzfeed explains:

When he tried to make the switch from Postmates to Uber Eats, he was rejected because of a reckless driving charge. Adams said he successfully pleaded the charge down to improper driving two years ago with the help of a lawyer he paid $1,000, so he should be eligible to drive for Uber. The app disqualifies drivers with either one recent major driving violation or multiple recent…

Shoppers demand answers, Uber gets a partner and drivers go MIA. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 5/3/21

Deactivated shoppers have one thing to say to Instacart: “We want answers.” CNN Sara Ashley O'Brien explains.

The situations the shoppers described to CNN Business highlight the precarious nature of gig work: They can work at their convenience as it suits their lifestyles, but they’re at the mercy the company’s whims and often opaque or nonexistent processes to redress grievances.

The shoppers said Instacart — which has more than 500,000 shoppers and whose valuation has ballooned to $39 billion — hasn’t been responsive to their…

Scooters get a Lyft, Uber goes rental and groceries on the go. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 4/26/21

Credit: Lyft

While rideshare sank during 2020, scooters got a “Lyft”. Patch explains:

Lyft saw a major rise in the pandemic, especially in Santa Monica, with more than 52K new riders in 2020 using Lyft’s bicycles and scooters.

As communities were impacted by the the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of people across race, gender, socioeconomic status, including critical workers, started using Lyft’s services beyond ridesharing.

TUESDAY 4/27/21

We help drivers, Uber has a food fight, and Grubhub gets sued. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 4/19/21

As Uber looks for new drivers, current drivers are asking “What about us?” CNN’s Sara Ashley O'Brien explains:

For some drivers, like Angela Davis, who is also based in Phoenix — among the markets where both Uber and Lyft said driver earnings are particularly high in recent weeks — the stimulus announcement is a cause for concern and more.

“If they oversaturate with drivers, that means we’re sitting longer, we’re idling. There’s still wear and tear on our cars but we’re not getting…

Uber considers cannabis, public transit pays, and Lyft drivers get fixed. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 4/12/21

Looks like Uber is taking the high road on weed delivery. CNBC explains:

Uber could start delivering cannabis once federal regulation allows the company to do so, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC on Monday.

“When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it,” Khosrowshahi said in a “TechCheck” interview.

TUESDAY 4/13/21

After driver numbers sank, some think its time Uber makes a sharp turn. Wall Street Journal explains.

That suggests consumer demand is…


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