Articles by Tina Bellon and David Shepardson

Safety Regulator Vows to ‘Closely Monitor’ New Tesla Self-Driving Software

The U.S. auto safety regulator said on Thursday it was closely watching Tesla Inc.’s release of a software version intended to allow its cars to drive themselves, saying it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks. Tesla on …

Ridesharing Companies Spend Big in California to Oppose Even Costlier Gig Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. together are spending nearly $100 million on a November California ballot initiative to overturn a state law that would compel them to classify drivers as employees. That sum looks less huge, however, than the …

California Appeals Court Listening to Arguments in Gig Worker Lawsuit

A California appeals court on Tuesday listened to arguments by lawyers for Uber Technologies Inc. , Lyft Inc. and the state of California about whether the state can recognize their drivers as employees with the right to minimum wage, overtime …

Ridesharing Companies Spend Big in California to Oppose Even Costlier Gig Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. together are spending nearly $100 million on a November California ballot initiative to overturn a state law that would compel them to classify drivers as employees. That sum looks less huge, however, than the …

Revel Brings Electric Moped Sharing Back to New York City; Helmets Required

Electric moped sharing company Revel on Thursday said it was returning to the streets of New York City with a new safety protocol, a month after it voluntarily suspended operations in the city following a string of deadly crashes. Revel …

California Court Ruling Offers Way for Voters to Stave Off Shutdown of Uber, Lyft

A California appeals court ruling on Thursday avoided a shutdown of ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft in the state, effectively handing a decision over gig worker benefits and pay to voters in a November ballot measure. The last-minute ruling, in …

Americans Becoming More Leery of Autonomous Technologies

Americans are becoming less comfortable with the idea of driverless transportation. A new report from an American Automobile Association (AAA) indicates that consumer trust in these vehicles has quickly eroded over the past few years. Today, three-quarters (73 percent) of …

California Court Denies Bayer Appeal of Roundup Verdict But Reduces Damages

Bayer AG failed to persuade a California appeals court to overturn a verdict favoring a school groundskeeper who claimed its Roundup weed killer caused his cancer but reduced the amount of damages by 74% to $20.5 million. The decision by …

Massachusetts Sues Uber, Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

Massachusetts on Tuesday followed California in suing Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc. over allegedly misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees entitled to extensive benefits. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court claims Uber and Lyft violate …

Bayer Gambles on Science to Let It Keep Selling Roundup, Mitigate Future Claims

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK— Seeking to forestall further claims, Bayer AG is taking a risky bet that an independent scientific review will ultimately show that its widely used weed killer Roundup does not cause cancer, legal experts said. The company on Wednesday …