Posted in Employment Law, Litigation, Start-ups

Uber’s London license appeal to be heard next year

The Chief magistrate hopes to be able to listen to the hearing by 30/4/2018, which means Uber will be allowed to run (temporarily) until that date and beyond, until fulfilment of the appeal.


Posted in Employment Law, Start-ups

Uber defends business model at UK tribunal on worker rights

Albeit I’m no employment law expert, I’m heating up the popcorns to watch the legal dispute of the year: Uber vs English Law.

On one side, UK Law clearly tells freelancers from workers in terms of guarantees, rights and duties, while, on the other, Uber cherry-picks features of both figures to mix them in its own cocktail of a kind.

“All the chickens come home to roost”.

For the records, by means of an appeal, Uber can still extend its licence by some months.


Posted in IP Law, Start-ups

Uber boss Travis Kalanick knew of stolen Google files

Waymo (read Google) states that the proprietary information is clear within Uber’s project.

Uber admitted that when Lewandowsky started its new role at Uber, he had 5 disks of information from Google.

Uber admitted its CEO knew about Lewandowsky bringing proprietary information to Uber, but still denies responsibility and alleges that Uber asked the engineer to desist from bringing such proprietary information.

Lesson of the day: however you are doing in a lawsuit, always deny.


Posted in Start-ups

Advocaat-Generaal: Uber levert primair vervoersdiensten, géén informatiediensten!

The question of whther Uber is a transport or an IT company is highly important as it can determine, mong the others, the applicable authority, not to mention the appeal to investors ( see Facebook and its advertisement business being self-branded as Tech).

The Attorney General within the EU jurisdiction) decided that Uber qualifies as a transport company.


Posted in Employment Law, Start-ups

Uber, per la Ue deve avere licenze come taxi e ncc

Finally a good news for fair employment in Europe! Uber is declared as a service equal to taxis and, therefore, subject to the same requirements and licenses, according to Maciej Szpunar, AG at the EUCJ after a lawsuit against Uber in Spain.

Once and for all, Uber is not a Tech commpany at all! It’s a transport commpany, therfore subject to its authorities and regulation.


Posted in Real Estate Law, Start-ups

Airbnb, HomeAway settle rental-registration lawsuit against San Francisco

It will take 8 months of roll-out, but AirBnb and HomeAway will give San Francisco access to their database, in order to check whether litings comply with local rules by being registered with  the city.
In Frisco’s case, having landlord renting out to travellers, does reduce the range of options for locals looking for new accomoation.

In case of breach, both ocmpanies will be notified by the city and compelled to delist a given accomodation.


Posted in Employment Law, Start-ups

Uber responds to critics with British benefit package for drivers

The show must go, so Uer announces that it preps up to contribute to injury and illness of its “partners” (technically “employees”, according to a British tribunal that ruled on this matter).

Too bad that:
– this won’t be available unless you’ve already had at least 500 rides,
– it won’t cover retirement contributions, and
– it doesn’t clearly say how much will Uber contribute.