Landmark Legal Case Moves Forward

  

Seattle’s first-of-its-kind law that allows drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to bargain collectively has survived another legal challenge and can now go into effect. A federal judge late Thursday tossed a lawsuit brought by a group of Uber drivers against the landmark law and simultaneously lifted an injunction stemming from a different lawsuit
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Ride-sharing tipped to be a $6.5 billion sector by 2020

  

Tnooz, Kevin May Ride-sharing brands will see revenues grow to an estimated $6.5 billion within four years, a report into the sharing economy has suggested. Juniper Research forecasts the $3.3 billion the sector made in 2015 is likely to almost double by 2020 as it expands into new cities and other players emerge to capture
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Ride-Hailing Start-Ups Compete in ‘Uber for Children’ Niche

  

The juggle of work, school and myriad extracurricular activities is all too familiar to parents like Kelly Aluise of Los Angeles. Her 12-year-old daughter, Emma, had enrolled in August for after-school surfing and swimming. Ms. Aluise and her ex-husband, who work full time, didn’t know how they would get her to the activities. Complicating matters,
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Airbnb To Big City Mayors: ‘Take Our Tax Dollars, Please!

  

Forbes, Joe Harpaz , Here’s something you don’t see every day. Airbnb, the popular room-sharing app, has made a plea to the mayors of the largest U.S. cities asking to be taxed. The company’s head of global policy, Chris Lehane, addressed the attendees of the United States Conference of Mayors earlier this year with a proposal
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Uber for commuters? Employers catch onto on-demand rides

  

Green Biz, Lauren Hepler In New York, it takes commuters an average of 40 minutes to get to work each day. In Chicago, it’s just shy of 34 minutes, and in both Philadelphia and San Francisco it’s about 32 minutes, according to a 2015 University of Michigan review of federal data. More than three quarters
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Uber partners with PSTA to get riders to bus stop

  

SaintPetersBlog, Janelle Irwin Ride sharing company Uber is partnering with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to bridge the so-called “first-mile, last-mile” problem. Bus riders in Pinellas Park can now use the Uber ride-sharing app to hail a ride from their home or other destination to a bus stop. The program is limited to Pinellas Park
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Time for governments to act on ride-sharing: Uber GM

  

Global News, Monique Muise Uber is here to stay, says the general manager of the Canadian branch of the popular ride-sharing service, but regulators need to adapt faster if cities are to reap the benefits. In an interview with The West Block’s Tom Clark, Ian Black explained that his company is not unsympathetic to the challenges
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Fair Share? Officials Struggle to Regulate Vermont’s ‘Sharing Economy’

  

In early March, Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation issued a consumer alert cautioning people that a “revolution” was brewing in the Green Mountain State. It was referring to the “sharing economy,” in which people use online platforms to rent their homes, cars — even their pets — to strangers. Titled “Be aware before you share,” the alert warned potential loaners that they could face major liability if they lack proper insurance. Is it a sign that state officials are starting to clamp down on off-the-books commerce?

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What Is Airbnb Arbitrage?

  

Over the past couple years, the on demand economy has created a lot of imbalance in marketplaces and numerous opportunities for arbitrage. Smart consumers have taken advantage of this imbalance by opting for Airbnb rooms instead of hotels, Uber cars instead of taxis and food delivery in lieu of a trip to the grocery store. But smart producers have been able to leverage their entrepreneurial spirit in another way to create new kinds of opportunities.

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