This Week in Rideshare: Film, Strikes, and Sidecar

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Uber goes cinema, Postmates gives demands, and an old rival returns. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 3/27/20

As movie theaters stay closed around the country (and world) Uber attempts to bring the experience home to you. In London, they launched cinema food delivery. Deadline explains:

Available through the Uber Eats app during the lockdown, people will be able to order a ‘home cinema bundle’ including popcorn, snacks, a gourmet hot dog and a negroni slushie. The novelty item also includes a cup holder cushion, a sign warning people to turn off their phones, and a 50% off voucher for Curzon Home Cinema.

TUESDAY 3/28/30

Postmates has gone head-to-head with Chipotle, demanding better safety protections or they’ll refuse delivery. CNET explains:

The protest will involve those workers refusing to make any deliveries on Chipotle orders from April 29 to May 1. They’re calling it a #GuacOff. They’ve singled out Chipotle because even though the fast-food chain said it’s giving its employees sick leave and a 10% pay raise during the outbreak, it’s still partnering with Postmates when its delivery workers don’t get equivalent benefits.

WEDNESDAY 3/29/20

As the pandemic continues to put pressure on the gig economy, Lyft announced it’s looking at major layoffs. CNET reported:

The ride-hailing company revealed in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it’s terminating about 982 employees, which is 17% of its workforce.

“It is now clear that the COVID-19 crisis is going to have broad-reaching implications for the economy, which impacts our business,” Lyft CEO Logan Green said in an emailed statement.

THURSDAY 3/30/20

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It looks like scooters are coming to a halt in Austin and San Jose. TechCrunch reported:

“Thanks for riding our scooters,” Lyft wrote. “We know it’s tough to let them go. But don’t worry — Lyft is still moving forward in Oakland, and is here to help you get to where you need to go during this time.”

Lyft has also permanently shut down its operations in Austin and San Jose. The decision to shut down permanently in Austin came after Lyft temporarily removed the scooters in mid-March and then brought them back in early April to better serve essential workers.

FRIDAY 5/1/20

We end the week with a blast from the past. It appears Sidecar, the first ride-hailing company, gets the OK to proceed with a lawsuit against Uber. San Francisco Chronicle explains:

“I’m excited that we’re going to be able to hold Uber accountable for years of reprehensible corporate conduct,” said Sunil Paul, Sidecar’s founder, who has pursued the lawsuit through a successor company, SC Innovations. “Discovery is going to be very interesting because we’ll get to discover things that were going on in secret.”

LegalRideshare is the first law firm in the United States to focus exclusively on Uber®, Lyft®, gig workers, bikeshare and e-scooter accidents and injuries.

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