Uber Trends in the Law, the “Gig Economy,” Self-Driving Cars and More

Here is a terrific article on the brave new world of the “gig” economy and related legal issues, ranging from Uber drivers to self-driving cars. I was not familiar with the term “gig” economy and found a good summary of the concept here, along with a video link that discusses all sorts of legal issues.  The Whatis.com definition of the term is:  “A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.”

Consistent with the topics I try to cover on this blog, this article addresses how the California legal system is taking on emerging issues as new trends and markets are created.

I’ve taken close to 100 Uber and Lyft rides so far this year and am a big fan of these services.  Generally speaking, I’m pro-Uber/Lyft, particularly as protectionist politicians seek to overregulate an industry and interfere with John Doe’s ability to given a ride to Jane Doe for a reasonable cost.

This business model is also impacting the economy and ride-for-hire markets in ways other than disrupting historic markets.  It is also spawning new legal issues that are interesting to consider.  Enjoy the article.

On the road to the gig economy, litigators take the wheel.

By John Roemer

A Constitutional Challenge to a Different Kind of Gun Control Legislation


A lawsuit was filed earlier this week which challenges the constitutionality of Cal. Penal Code § 26820, a California statute aimed at regulating the sale of guns. Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC v. Harris (E.D. Cal. filed Nov. 10, 2014). The statute provides: No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other […]

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Of Football and Business Litigation: Tweaking the Rules for a More Satisfying Contest


It’s a great time of the year, in large part because one of my favorite pastimes is watching football, usually with my teenage son, an avid fan as well as a high school football player. A few weeks ago, when a game was becoming a lopsided contest diminishing its entertainment value, I began to summarize […]

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I am always amused by the manner in which class action lawyers attempt to capitalize on current events and public fears in bringing a “cutting edge” lawsuit that will garner a great amount of media attention. Although the Ebola headlines are giving way to the election news, last week, the first Ebola related class action […]

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California Privacy Laws Change: Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Services


LCL Introduction:  My partner, Melissa Krasnow, has written the following article on new legislation which will become law on January 1, 2015. In addition to this article on breach notification, I highly recommend reviewing the newly issued California Data Breach Report issued this month by our Attorney General which is available here.  Attorney General Harris reports […]

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