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Uber, Lyft Urge Appeals Court To Keep Drivers As Contractors

Law360, San Francisco (October 13, 2020, 11:19 PM EDT) — Uber and Lyft urged a California appellate panel to overturn a preliminary injunction requiring them to reclassify drivers as employees, saying during a hearing Tuesday that complying would be overly burdensome, while the government argued that companies unable to operate without breaking the law should reconsider their business models.

Uber warned the appellate panel that affirming California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman’s August preliminary injunction, which has been put on ice while this appeal is pending, could result in the termination of hundreds of thousands of drivers’ contracts, upending a chunk of the economy.

“People aren’t going to magically become employees,”…

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