Liability/Lawsuits

The technology companies that are marketing goods and services in the “new sharing economy” advertise simply as “technology platforms” and in almost every example claim little or no liability in the event of an accident.  These apps and platforms encourage consumers to utilize unregulated services under the guise of legitimacy and safety.  In fact, they make it as easy as “pushing a button”.  Likewise, they lure in “sales reps/vendors” on the other side of the equation to push their wares without providing training, background checks or appropriate insurance.  The result of a sharing economy marketplace, is that buyers, sellers and the general public are treated much differently and at times placed at much greater risk than what has traditionally occurred in the regulated marketplace.

 


Recent Articles:

Workers comp, benefits suits won’t stop ride-sharing services, Amazon.com

  

California lawsuits accusing ride-sharing services and Amazon.com of employee misclassification may reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but requiring such companies to provide workers compensation insurance and other employee benefits likely would not stop their growth, a legal expert says.

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Doublespeak in the New Economy

  

Lyft claims not to be a car service. It wants to be “your friend with a car.” The “rules of the road” it gives drivers are really more like pleasant suggestions. Uber doesn’t see itself as a transportation company, but a “technology company,” almost like a video game that lets you control people in real life. Uber’s drivers aren’t employees; they’re called “partners.” Welcome to the neo-Orwellianism of Silicon Valley, where doublespeak flourishes. It issues not from a propagandistic state but from companies that have brilliantly parlayed the novelty of their business models into hall passes shielding them from much of the regulation and scrutiny visited on other companies.

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The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

  

Today, many insurance policies do not cover the sharing economy. Hypothetically, if employees were on a business trip and suffered bodily harm in an Uber, they could potentially sue the employer for failing to ensure their safety. Most employees are completely unaware of how complicated, stressful and restrictive this issue can be for a travel manager.

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The Big Question With Uber, Airbnb And The Rest Of The `Sharing Economy’: Who To Sue?

  

Adi Vaxman tried to do the right thing when she was setting up Tripda, a ride-sharing application that allows drivers to find passengers and share the cost of long-distance trips. She wanted to know whether Tripda could be liable if somebody using the site got in an accident, and whether the company should insure itself or provide insurance to drivers to protect against loss. “We spent a ton of money on lawyers to try to figure out the best way to run this,” said Vaxman, a veteran entrepreneur and former PayPal executive, who’s raised $11 million in venture financing for Tripda so far. “And with all the questions we’re asking, the answer always is `it’s a gray area.’”

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