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California Judge Questions Lyft’s Refusal to Pay Drivers as Employees

Lyft Inc.’s practice of treating drivers as independent contractors was questioned by a federal judge who said that under California law they may be considered employees who would qualify for minimum wage and other benefits. A lawsuit by Lyft drivers …

Local Regulations Prompt Uber to Stop Service in Alabama City

The ridesharing service Uber has left Auburn, Ala. in its rearview mirror. The Opelika-Auburn News reported that the popular service that lets users book rides using a mobile app sent emails to drivers and customers last week announcing that it …

Metromile Insurance Option for Uber Drivers Approved by California Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a filing that will enable Uber drivers purchasing coverage through Metromile to add a new coverage endorsement to their personal auto policy. That endorsement will provide insurance coverage during the pre-match period when …

California Motor Vehicles Revokes Notice on Commercial Plates for Uber

California has retracted a notice that said private drivers for ridesharing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must have a commercial license plate or risk getting a citation. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a notice …

South Carolina Orders Uber to Halt Operations

South Carolina has ordered Uber to stop its ride-sharing service that operates in four cities. The Public Service Commission issued a cease-and-desist order on January 15. Uber launched its ride service in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Greenville last year. …

Oregon City Fining Uber $2K A Day For Running Without License

Eugene, Ore. fines against Uber now total $120,000 and are going up $2,000 a day that the ride-hailing business operates without a license. A lawyer for Uber says the license requirement does not apply because Uber does not own or …

California Surplus Lines up Considerably in 2014, Report Shows

Premiums for California wholesalers rose considerably in 2014 from a year earlier, showing that segment of the industry outperformed the rest of the state’s economy, according to a report from the Surplus Lines Association of California. For 2014 there was …

New York City Council Members Take Aim at Uber Surge Pricing

New York’s turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service — a fierce competitor of the city’s 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand. When first offered in …

California Wholesalers Stress Opportunity Theme at Convention

Opportunity was a theme that came up often at the annual California Wholesaler Industry Days convention from Sunday through today in La Jolla, Calif. at Hilton Torrey Pines. The three-day conference organized by the California Wholesalers Insurance Association (CIWA) included …

Uber Drivers Issued Citations in Idaho City

Two drivers for the ridesharing company Uber that Boise, Idaho officials say failed to have commercial transport service driver’s licenses but picked up passengers have been cited. City spokesman Mike Journee told KTVB-TV that code enforcement officers used the ride-hailing app …