Uber and Lyft must make drivers employees because California law has ‘overwhelming’ edge, judge says

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A California judge ruled Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must classify their drivers as employees due to a new state law, a decision that threatens the business models of the ride-hailing giants and other gig-economy companies.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego sued the companies earlier this year, asking a judge for a mandatory injunction ordering the companies to comply immediately with a new state law over worker classification, which became effective Jan. 1. Uber
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Kaskela Law LLC Announces Investigation of FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) and Encourages Long-Term FE Stockholders to Contact the Firm

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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kaskela Law LLC announces that it is investigating FirstEnergy Corp. (“FirstEnergy”) (NYSE: FE) on behalf of the company’s stockholders.  The investigation seeks to determine whether the members of FirstEnergy’s board of directors breached their fiduciary duties to FirstEnergy and its stockholders. 

Current FirstEnergy stockholders who purchased or acquired shares of the company’s stock prior to February 21, 2017 are encouraged to contact Kaskela Law LLC (D. Seamus Kaskela, Esq.) at (484) 258 – 1585, or online at http://kaskelalaw.com/case/firstenergy-corp/, to discuss this investigation and their legal rights and options with respect to

Are Trump’s Unilateral Actions on COVID Relief Legal?

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The trend of an enfeebled and dysfunctional legislative branch handing away its power to the executive branch did not start with President Trump, and it almost certainly won’t end with him.  President Obama’s “pen and phone” approach to unilateral, executive action-driven governance was generally cheered on by Democrats on Capitol Hill during the last administration, and now Obama’s Republican successor is borrowing a page from the same playbook.  With Congress hopelessly deadlocked on ‘phase four’ COVID relief negotiations (more on that below), President Trump stepped in to fill the void with a series of dramatic-seeming policy announcements over

Executive Orders Banning TikTok And WeChat Could Disrupt More Than You Think

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Contributing Author: Bryan Sullivan

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, Donald Trump signed two executive orders addressing the “threat” of Chinese-owned and developed apps TikTok and WeChat. These sweeping orders, which declare the spread of such mobile apps a threat to the “national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” would ban “any transaction,” by