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News Roundup: Student debt; Uber; and Airbnb

 

What we’ve been reading this week at InVigor:

Federal government preparing to forgive billions of dollars in student loans to doctors and white-collar Americans under debt forgiveness law How to win an argument at Thanksgiving dinner like a trial lawyer Why Uber is not the future of work French couple sues Airbnb for copying their apartment Tesla recalls 90,000 sedans due to one European customer’s seat belt issue Research shows that eating together can enhance performance. Looks like lunch is on the company!

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News Roundup: Social Justice Hackathon; Shark Tank; and Surge Launch

What we’re reading this week at InVigor:

This weekend is the Social justice hackathon event, bringing law students, lawyers and developers together to create software applications designed to improve access to legal service.

Why Mark Cuban is willing to back the worst company in ‘Shark Tank’ history.

How to know when it’s time to hire an assistant.

New Surge Launch accelerator pairs startups with mentors and up to $80K in seed funding.

Leaders of the tech world are asking, what do you still wish there was uber for?

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Uber Driver Is An Employee According to California

The California Labor Commission recently ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor. This ruling, which came to light last Tuesday when Uber filed an appeal, could have major ramifications. The debate over whether on-demand laborers should be classified as employees or independent contractors has been going on for a few years now fueled by the explosive growth of companies such as Uber and Lyft. And regulators in different states are sure to look at this ruling when they have to make a decision on the issue.

The case that was before the California Labor Commission involves a San Francisco driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, who worked for Uber from July to September 2014. She had...

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News Roundup: Ride Sharing, Startups Cash In, Google Invests in SpaceX, etc.

Here’s a collection of the most interesting legal and business news we found this week:

Ride Sharing

One of the big issues facing Uber has to do with the fact that auto insurance policies for individual drivers generally don’t cover damages from commercial activity, including ride-sharing through applications like Uber and Lyft. In Colorado, USAA and Farmers are now offering ridesharing insurance. Colorado is a natural testing ground for these new types of policies, as Colorado became one of the first states to explicitly authorize ridesharing services in 2014.

Startups & Funding

The big news of the day is Box’s IPO. After a shaky ride through the IPO process, Box’s IPO appears to be an initial success. It is a home run for its...

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iVLG News Roundup Week 9 2014: Bitcoin Under Fire as Mt. Gox Implodes; Candy Trademark Abandoned; Personal Service Startups Take Center Stage

Bitcoin Processor Mt. Gox Implodes

The bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox imploded this week after the company failed to make it through the theft of approximately $473 million due to a security flaw in the company’s software. The bitcoin heist perpetrated by still unknown thieves sent shock waves through the bitcoin community; some regulators, including US Senator Joe Manchin, took a stance in response that seeks to ban the cryptocurrency. While it may be just the growing pains of a new bitcoin industry or that a rogue Mt. Gox acted without responsibility, or both, some nations, including Russia, China, Vietnam, and Thailand have taken steps to end bitcoin use. Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, which means the extent to which the Mt....

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