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Uber Drivers Win Class Certification

On September 1, 2015, Judge Chen of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California certified a class of California Uber drivers who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors and cheated out of tips. Judge Chen found that common issues of fact and law predominate with respect to the Uber drivers’ claims…

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Judge Defers to the Jury to Decide Status of Popular “Lyft” Drivers’ Status as Employees versus Independent Contractors

On March 11, 2015, a federal court was asked to decide, as a matter of law, whether Lyft drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors” under California law.  The matter is Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30026, No. 13-cv-04065-VC (N.D. Cal. Mar. 11, 2015).   The “answer is of great consequence for the drivers,…