Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Seattle Law Allowing Driver Unionization Survives Uber Legal Attack

Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to unionize survived a legal challenge by the ride-hailing company. Washington state Judge Beth Andrus rejected Uber’s arguments that the local collective bargaining process for drivers who work for ride-hailing companies and …

EPA Official Allegedly Aided Monsanto in Fight Against Roundup Cancer Study

The Environmental Protection Agency official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into the herbicide’s key …

National Labor Board Urges Court to Block Uber Arbitration Agreement

The U.S. labor-protection watchdog is taking sides with Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in their fight to be treated better than independent contractors. As part of a broader review of how gig-economy companies treat workers, the National Labor Relations Board wants …

Facebook, Google Amassing of ‘Faceprints’ Facing Legal Challenges

Facebook Inc.’s software knows your face almost as well as your mother does. And like mom, it isn’t asking your permission to do what it wants with old photos. While millions of internet users embrace the tagging of family and …

Appeals Court Grants Uber Pro-Arbitration Ruling, Thwarting Drivers’ Class Action

Uber Technologies Inc.’s arbitration agreements were largely ruled by an appeals court to be valid and enforceable in a blow to driver efforts to secure the benefits and protections of employees in California. The decision is the first by a …

Uber Must Face Claims of Creating Fake Lyft Accounts

While Uber Technologies Inc. fights to keep its own drivers out of court with their grievances, it can’t force arbitration on Lyft Inc. drivers who accuse the ride-hailing behemoth of dirty tricks. Uber will have to confront a lawsuit accusing …

Judge Nixes Users’ Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

Facebook Inc. defeated a bid for a group lawsuit claiming the company illegally gave its users’ personal information to advertisers, with a judge ruling the plaintiffs didn’t have enough in common to pursue a class action. Facebook users accused the …

Judge Finds $28M Uber Offer to Settle Rider Fee Class Action Unfair

Uber Technologies Inc. was dealt a second rejection of a legal settlement, this time in a case over claims the company misled riders when it charged them a $1 “safe rides fee” that earned the company almost half a billion …

Failure of Uber Settlement Opens Door for Wage Claims

The rejection of a $100 million settlement with drivers comes with plenty of silver linings for Uber Technologies Inc. The gray cloud for the ride-hailing company is that a dozen or so lawsuits that would have been silenced may now …

Judge Nixes $100M Driver Settlement But Uber May Win in End

Uber Technologies Inc. may come out ahead by failing to win court approval of a $100 million settlement with drivers. A San Francisco federal judge rejected the agreement on Thursday, a turn of events that would typically encourage the ride-hailing …