9th Circ. Ruling May Stall Uber Driver Classification Suits

Law360, New York (September 9, 2016, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit's ruling that ex-Uber drivers suing the company over background checks must fight it out in individual arbitration, not the courts, deals a body blow to a host of high-profile wage-and-hour class actions where drivers are accusing the ride-hailing giant of misclassifying them as independent contractors, experts say.

The three-judge panel's much-anticipated Sept. 7 decision largely affirming the validity of Uber Technologies Inc.'s arbitration provisions applies to just two proposed class actions from ex-drivers who claimed that Uber performed background checks without their authorization. But it gives Uber a potentially powerful piece of ammunition to use against other drivers...

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