Most Popular Sharing Economy Headlines This Year

The most viewed headlines from our Sharing Economy Topic Page over the last year.

#1 Update: Uber Braces for UK Legal Battles that Could End Its Reign in London

Jul 21 2020 // Uber Technologies Inc. is bracing for a long summer of legal battles that could see the end of its reign in London and entitle its drivers to a long list of workers’ rights. A dispute over whether its drivers should...

#2 An Insurance Lyft: CSAA Forms Rideshare Carrier; Allstate, Liberty Mutual Offer Coverage

Oct 6 2020 // A new carrier has joined the rideshare insurance market, offering coverage to Lyft drivers in 11 states. At the same time, ridesharing firm Lyft’s drivers now also have access to coverage from Allstate and Liberty...

#3 New York Court: Uber Drivers Are Employees Eligible for Unemployment Insurance

Jan 25 2021 // The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department held at the end of December that Uber drivers can be considered employees eligible for benefits such as unemployment insurance. The finding upheld...

#4 Why Sharing Economy Firms Just Might Be the Best Insurance Customers

May 5 2021 // Imagine insurance customers who actually enjoy meeting with their insurance broker. Customers who see insurance not as a nuisance mandate but as an integral part of their own and their customers’ success. Insurance...

#5 Uber Likely to Temporarily Stop California Operations Due to New Driver Ruling

Aug 12 2020 // Uber Technologies Inc. would be forced to shut down its ride-hailing operations in California if a court ruling that blocks it from classifying its drivers as independent contractors goes into effect, the company said in a...

#6 Uber Can’t Avoid Driver Classification Lawsuit, Says Supreme Court

May 18 2021 // The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Uber’s bid to avoid a lawsuit over whether drivers for the ride-hailing company’s limousine platform UberBLACK are employees and not independent contractors as the...

#7 Uber, Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers as Employees, Rules California Appeals Court

Oct 23 2020 // A California appeals court on Thursday unanimously ruled against ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., saying they must reclassify their drivers in the state as employees. While the ruling does not...

#8 Uber, Lyft, Other Gig Firms Worried About U.S. Push to Reclassify Workers as Employees

Apr 30 2021 // Under growing threat by a new U.S. administration insistent on reclassifying ride-hail and food delivery workers as employees with full benefits, gig economy companies including Uber, Lyft, Doordash and Instacart are...

#9 UK Supreme Court to Rule This Week on Workers’ Rights for Uber Drivers

Feb 15 2021 // LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court will announce a decision on Feb. 19 in a case regarding workers’ rights at taxi app Uber that could have ramifications for millions of others earning a living in the gig...

#10 Lawsuit Alleges Uber Uses ‘Biased’ Rider Ratings to Fire Drivers

Oct 27 2020 // Uber Technologies Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act by firing minority drivers based on how they’re rated by customers. “Uber is aware that passengers are prone to...

#11 Rideshare Insurer Buckle Raises $31 Million to Fuel Nationwide Expansion

Aug 5 2020 // Buckle, a digital seller of rideshare insurance, disclosed it has raised $31 million in new venture financing and will use the money to expand operations nationally. HSCM Bermuda and Eos Venture Partners co-led the Series...

#12 Companies Hope to Take California Gig Worker Classification Law Nationwide

Nov 8 2020 // Gig economy companies want to turn California voters’ decision to make ride-service drivers contractors into a model for the nation, as several states consider requiring drivers from Uber, Lyft and rival services be...

#13 Pardon for Ex-Google Exec Who Took Self-Driving Car Secrets to Uber

Jan 22 2021 // A long-running Silicon Valley soap opera took an unexpected twist on Wednesday after outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer for stealing self-driving car secrets shortly before joining...

#14 California Supreme Court Rejects Rideshare Vote Lawsuit

Feb 5 2021 // The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that sought to overturn a ballot measure that makes app-based ride-hailing and delivery drivers independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job...

#15 California Wants Judge to Force Uber, Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

Jun 25 2020 // California plans to ask a state court judge to force Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify their ride-hail drivers as employees rather than contractors, ratcheting up the tension over a new gig worker...

#16 Former California Uber Driver Convicted of Raping Passengers

Mar 29 2021 // A former Uber driver in Central California was found guilty of sexually assaulting and stealing from five passengers. Jurors took less than three hours to convict Alfonso Alarcon Nunez of 13 felonies, including three...

#17 California Labor Commissioner Suing Uber, Lyft for ‘Systemic Wage Theft’

Aug 5 2020 // The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has filed separate lawsuits against transportation companies Uber and Lyft for committing wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft...

#18 Judge Rejects Uber Denial of Liability in Student’s Death on Freeway

Apr 5 2021 // Uber Technologies Inc. lost the first round in a lawsuit filed by the relatives of a university student who was run over and killed on a San Diego freeway after one of the company’s drivers allegedly ordered her out...

#19 Suit Filed in California Says Scooters Rented by Uber, Segway Don’t Have Turn Signals

Sep 25 2020 // A class action lawsuit has been filed against several scooter rental companies, including Uber and Segway, because the scooters don’t have turn signals and the makers don’t warn consumers about that danger. The...

#20 Judge May Not Grant Injunction Forcing Uber, Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

Aug 7 2020 // A California judge signaled on Thursday he might be leaning against a request for a preliminary injunction forcing Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc. to classify drivers as employees rather than contractors. In a hearing...