Joel Rosenblatt

Government, Business

Appeals Court Orders Uber, Lyft to Treat Drivers as Employees

Lyft and Uber logos are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle at LAX. Lyft and Uber logos are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle at LAX in September 2019. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. face the gravest threat yet to their business models after an appeals court ruled they must treat their drivers in California as employees instead of independent contractors.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Uber, Lyft Win Delay on Converting Drivers to Employees

Driver putting Lyft sticker car next to Uber sticker A Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber and Lyft were spared from having to rapidly convert their California drivers to employees after an appeals court agreed they can keep their business models in place while challenging a judge’s order to comply with a state labor law.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski leaves courtroom In a file photo, Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 27, 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Autonomous driving engineer Anthony Levandowski was ordered to spend 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from Google as he defected to Uber Technologies Inc., in one of the highest-profile criminal cases to hit Silicon Valley.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
August 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Takes Shot at Lyft in Defense to Gig-Worker Suit

A pedestrian checks her phone in front of the Uber headquarters in San Francisco. A pedestrian checks her phone in front of the Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. is trying to duck a California lawsuit that threatens to upend its business model — by pointing a finger at Lyft Inc.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
July 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Pioneer Anthony Levandowski Goes Bankrupt After $179 Million Ruling

Levandowski Levandowski via David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley’s most highly prized engineers, filed for bankruptcy after Google won a $179 million award against him over his defection to Uber Technologies Inc.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
March 5, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Ex-Uber Engineer Anthony Levandowski Publicly Rebuts Theft Claims

Arthur Levadowski Uber technology Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski broke his long silence about allegations that he stole driverless vehicle technology from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit to say that he didn’t do it.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2019
Government, Business

Uber Braces for Fight Over Big Change to Gig-Economy Work Rules

Uber in car in Frankfurt, Germany A dashboard-mounted smartphone displays the Uber app in Frankfurt, Germany. (Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. has generated billions of dollars from the labor of its drivers without the expense of treating them as employees. California is poised to disrupt that business model, and the ride-hailing behemoth is gearing up for a legal fight.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski to Defend Himself Against Google’s Breach-of-Contract Claims

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, left, and Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, Aug. 18, 2016, in San Francisco. (Tony Avelar/ AP Photo)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s settlement of Waymo’s trade-secrets lawsuit in February left a key piece unresolved: the role played by Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the alleged theft of critical self-driving technology.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Suit, Said to Pay $245 Million

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

Uber Technologies Inc. settled the high-stakes trade-secret theft lawsuit brought by Waymo, resolving a conflict that already cost the ride-hailing giant its top driverless car engineer and threatened to further embarrass the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber’s Well-Paid ‘Whistle Blower’ Slammed by In-House Lawyer

Carlos Jasso/Reuters

An Uber Technologies Inc. security manager who was paid $4.5 million over his termination was derided by one of the company’s top internal lawyers as a thief and “extortionist” who made “fantastical” allegations of unethical conduct inside the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017

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