Welcome To The 'Wild West' Of Calif. Class Actions, Uber

Law360, New York (September 4, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT) -- Daniel H. Handman

Derek Ishikawa The application of California's voluminous labor code to employers in the "sharing economy" is unsettled to say the least. The nature of that economy, highlighted by companies such as Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and Airbnb Inc., is new and constantly changing, yet most wage-and-hour laws date back to times when technology was much simpler.

So, when U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen was faced with a class action involving 160,000 Uber drivers in O'Connor v. Uber Technologies Inc., a case involving the alleged failure to share tips with drivers, he was called upon to apply age-old common...

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