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Chinese Manufacturer Ninebot’s Dominance Has Startups Sharing Scooter Product Risks

Scooter-sharing company Lime recently relayed a troubling message to its users: a portion of its fleet was at risk of bursting into flames. The startup recalled about 2,000 vehicles, less than one percent of its scooters, following its Oct. 30 …

The Hartford Acquires Sharing Economy Insurance Specialist Y-Risk

The Hartford has purchased Y-Risk, a managing general underwriter that specializes in serving sharing and on-demand economy risks, from Allstar Financial Group, an Atlanta-based holding company with multiple specialty managing general agencies across the country. Unionville, Connecticut-based Y-Risk’s customer mix …

As Deaths, Injuries Pile Up, So Do Claims Against Electric Scooter Firms

A lawsuit targeting electric scooter-sharing companies seizes on the dangers of zipping around town on two wheels and brings gory detail to one of the more polarizing technology trends to emerge over the last year. Nine people who were injured …

Uber Court Case in London Could Determine Future of UK’s Gig Economy

Just months after Uber Technologies Inc. persuaded a London judge to allow it to keep operating in the city, the ride-hailing company is back in court. At stake this time is an issue that could strike at the core of …

The Changing Risk and Liability Landscape: New Tech, New Loss Scenarios

Advancements in technology are changing the risk landscape irrevocably and driving potential big changes in liability, and other insurance, claims activity. The opportunities for business from new technologies such as autonomous machines, artificial intelligence, smart factories and digitalized supply chains …

Marsh Develops Blockchain Solution for Clients in Sharing Economy

Marsh announced that it is developing the first blockchain-based verification solution for clients in the fast-growing sharing and gig economies. Working in collaboration with Evident, a data security platform that allows businesses to run comprehensive, accurate verifications without handling sensitive …

China’s Largest Ride-Hailing Firm Didi Suspends Service After 2nd Passenger Killing

China’s largest ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has suspended its carpooling service after a passenger was killed, and is likely to face tighter oversight that will squeeze driver numbers and extend customer waiting times. The incident, which follows a similar grisly …

Uber Granted 15-Month License to Keep Operating in London

Uber Technologies Inc. was given an 15-month license to operate in London by a judge after the ride-sharing service worked out most of its differences with regulators. Judge Emma Arbuthnot granted the license in a ruling Tuesday. The case stems …

Uber Girds for Court Battle to Continue Operating in London

In a TV ad currently airing in the U.K., a young woman leaves a bar alone and prepares to step into an Uber. “I know his license number and he’s made 3,000 trips and speaks four languages,” she says to …

Lloyd’s Sees Insurance Helping Burgeoning Sharing Economy Grow

A new report commissioned by Lloyd’s of London finds a role for insurance in helping the sharing economy grow by clearly defining the risks in the peer-to-peer world. However, differing views on who should take on sharing these risks could …