Articles by Dan Levine

Democratic Attorneys General Move to Defend Obamacare Insurer Subsidies

More than a dozen Democratic attorneys general on Thursday sought to intervene to defend a key part of the Obamacare healthcare law — subsidy payments to insurance companies — which is under threat in a court case. The 16 attorneys …

Unions, Gig-Economy Firms Prepare for New York Benefits Battle

Faced with a barrage of lawsuits from workers demanding benefits and recognition as employees, some companies in the fast-growing ‘gig economy’ are looking to settle the issues through legislation. Joseph Morelle, the number two Democrat in the New York State …

Judge Skeptical over Airbnb Posture in San Francisco Rental Law Suit

A U.S. judge expressed skepticism toward a bid by Airbnb to halt a San Francisco law that imposes fines on home rental companies for processing bookings by hosts not registered with the city. In its lawsuit against San Francisco, Airbnb …

Washington Judge Hears Challenge to Law Enabling Uber, Lyft to Unionize

A U.S. judge on Tuesday wrestled with whether a lawsuit could proceed against the city of Seattle, Wash. over a local law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. The litigation is unfolding amid a national debate over what …

Judge in California Approves Lyft’s $27M Driver Settlement Deal

A U.S. judge granted preliminary approval to ride service Lyft’s $27 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they should be deemed employees instead of independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San …

Judge in California Approves Lyft’s $27M Driver Settlement Deal

A U.S. judge granted preliminary approval to ride service Lyft’s $27 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they should be deemed employees instead of independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San …

Uber Offers $7.5M to Settle Lawsuit Over Drivers’ Background Checks

Uber has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by drivers over background checks conducted by the ride-hailing company, according to a court filing on Wednesday. The case in San Francisco federal court involved allegations that Uber …

Labor Unions Searching for Strategies to Join the Gig Economy

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached earlier this month to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values …

Uber Drivers’ Unpaid Mileage Expenses Total $730 Million, Lawyers Claim

Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Uber in California and Massachusetts over the past seven years would have been entitled to an estimated $730 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, according to court documents made …

Uber’s $100M Class Action Settlement Falls Short for Some Drivers

Uber’s proposed settlement of a high-profile class-action lawsuit last week has drawn opposition from some drivers and other concerned parties as the ride-hailing service seeks to avoid reclassifying drivers as employees. The settlement, which still must be approved by a …