Recent Case Law


"Another On-Demand Company Settles" Camp v. Maplebear, Inc., d/b/a Instacart 2017

On-demand shopping delivery service Instacart entered into a proposed settlement of its IC misclassification class action with its “shoppers” for $4.65 million. Lawyers and

"Can You be held “Personally” Liable for Worker Misclassification?" James v. Kalanick (former Uber CEO) 2017  

Uber’s former CEO and current chairman of the board and Garrett Camp, the Chairman of the Board of Uber Technologies, Inc. are both being sued personally in California on behalf of drivers alleging that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees.Pepper Hamilton

"The Big One" O’Connor v. Uber Technologies Inc. 2017

This is the big Uber case, potentially a billion dollars at stake. This one will eventually determine whether Uber drivers are properly classified as ICs. Who Is My Employee, (Baker Law)

"Is the Gig Economy at Risk?"  Lawson v. GrubHub Holdings, Inc. 2017

GrubHub and other on-demand companies are finding themselves at the epicenter of an ongoing legal battle over whether 1099 contractors should really be counted as employees rather than independent contractors. Are the very company business models at risk? Pepper Hamilton

"Driving Us Crazy Over IC Compliance" Cotter v. Lyft Inc.2017

Lyft got formal approval from a federal district court judge to settle its class action IC misclassification case with its on-demand ride-sharing drivers for $27 million. Pepper Hamilton

"Agents Get Their Share" Jammal, et al. v. American Family Insurance 2017

After four-year long battle over the agent misclassification issue, a federal judge has agreed with a jury that American Family insurance agents actually are company employees, not independent contractors. Attorneys for agents and former agents say ruling could ultimately cost American Family over one billion dollars in restored ERISA benefits. NASDAQ Globe Newswire

"Could the Gig Be Up?" Singer v. Postmates Inc. 2017

Postmates, a courier company, reached a preliminary settlement of $8.75 million. A California court has not determined conclusively whether the workers are, in fact, employees or ICs and both parties face further substantial risk of further litigation. The settlement agreement did not require the company to reclassify the couriers as employees. Top Class Action

"Decade Old Cases Winding Down" 2017 FedEx 

FedEx announced that it had reached a $240 million settlement in its class action suit across 20 states for misclassifying workers as independent contractors upon court approval. This, on top of a $226 million in California for the same problem, means that the package delivery service will end up paying $466 million for its failure to properly classify workers. Pepper Hamilton