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September 30, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Uber’s Arbitration Claims

Ride-share company Uber got some “good news” this month, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit “upheld a provision in Uber’s standard driver’s contract requiring that disputes be arbitrated,” writes Jack Greiner, attorney with Graydon Head, in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The ruling helps level the playing field in lawsuits filed against the company by 385,000 current and former drivers who want to be “treated as employers rather than independent contractors.”

Uber claims drivers are barred from joining class action lawsuits agains the company unless they opt-out of the company’s standard contract, and the Ninth Circuit mostly agreed. Greener notes that Uber “helped its own cause” by agreeing to pay the full cost of the arbitration proceeding.

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