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Fingerprinting Is Key Sticking Point for New Jersey’s Rideshare Regs

When Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Lagana decided to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the state, his said his main priority was making sure the drivers were properly insured. Two years later, his measure includes a provision …

Farmers Insurance Expands Rideshare Insurance Coverage to 3 States

Farmers Insurance has expanded its Rideshare Insurance Coverage to drivers in Idaho, Maryland, and North Dakota. Farmers worked with representatives of the states’ insurance departments, legislators and leaders of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to develop a product specifically designed for …

How Gig Economy Is Using Private Arbitration to Win on Labor Classification

Sharing economy workers’ best shot at suing to rewrite the rules of their employment may soon pass them by. As judges last Thursday considered settlements that will leave Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. drivers as independent contractors, two of …

Judge Questions Lyft’s Revised Pay Deal with California Drivers

Lyft Inc. may have more work to do to win court approval of a settlement with 163,000 California drivers who sued to be treated as employees. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco on Thursday indicated he’s hesitant to …

Business Travel Fuels Growth of Uber Use in Arkansas

Business travelers needing a ride in Arkansas are increasingly using their thumbs — not to hitchhike, but to tap the Uber app on their smartphones. And despite class-action lawsuits by drivers and some job actions, Uber’s business has been growing …

Austin Riders Look to Craigslist after Exit of Uber and Lyft

After a car wreck last year put Akhila Sivakumar in the hospital for more than a month and left her with burns and bruises across her body, she was hesitant to drive again. So when the 22-year-old began to look …

Uber Driver First Named to Lead Suit Opposes $100M Settlement

The driver originally named to lead a class-action lawsuit over pay and benefits against Uber Technologies Inc. is opposing the rideshare company’s $100 million settlement, saying he was duped by the drivers’ lawyer into signing on to the deal. Douglas …

Uber Tells Judge Not to Trust Cab Companies in Battle Over Safety

Uber Technologies Inc. fired back at taxi operators accusing it of lying about superior safety, telling a judge the cab companies “fabricated” a customer endorsement with a photo of MySpace’s co-founder and can’t be trusted. Uber said several Los Angeles-area …

Lyft Raises Offer to Drivers to $27M in Contractors V. Employees Suit

Lyft Inc. raised its proposed payout to 163,000 California drivers to $27 million in their lawsuit to be treated as employees rather than contractors. The revised settlement comes after a San Francisco federal judge rejected an earlier $12.5 million offer, saying …

Uber, Lyft Suspend Service in Texas Capital Because of Background Checks

Uber and Lyft have suspended ridesharing service in Austin, Texas after voters decided against overturning city requirements that include fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers. Nearly 56 percent of voters rejected a proposition Saturday that would have repealed rules the …