Uber drivers sue company alleging coercive Prop 22 advertising
- Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit over Proposition 22 that alleges the company is illegally coercing its drivers to support the ballot measure that seeks to keep workers classified as independent contractors.
- The suit was brought forth by two Uber drivers, Benjamin Valdez and Hector Castellanos, as well as two California nonprofit organizations, Worksafe and Chinese Progressive Association.
- In the suit, provided by The New York Times reporter Kate Conger, the plaintiffs argue Uber has encouraged its drivers and delivery workers to support Prop 22 via the company’s driver-scheduling app.
- This group says it also plans to file legal claims against Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash with the California Labor Commissioner.
- Prop 22 is the most-funded campaign in California’s history.
- Uber, Lyft and DoorDash are the biggest contributors on the yes side.
- Meanwhile, the No on 22 campaign has contributed $12,166,063.
NYC, Seattle and Portland sue Trump administration over 'anarchy' designation and threat to withhold funding
- In a news conference, New York City Corporation Counsel Jim Johnson said the city is taking legal action now because the Trump administration has taken "concrete steps" and begun including the "anarchist" designation in applications for federal grants.
- Last month, President Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from major US cities -- all in blue states and led by Democrats -- with ongoing protests, on the unfounded accusation that their leaders are allowing "anarchy, violence, and destruction." Notably absent from the list are Minneapolis and Kenosha, Wisconsin, which have also seen unrest over the summer but are located in more competitive states as it relates to the presidential election.
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at Thursday's news conference called Trump's threat a "totally political action" that threatens the lives of New Yorkers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeffrey Epstein Update: The Deposition That Ghislaine Maxwell Fought to Hide
- Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, shown here in 2005, allegedly ran a sex-trafficking operation together.
- Ghislaine Maxwell's answers to questions about the sex-trafficking operation she allegedly ran with the late Jeffrey Epstein were made public Thursday, as a federal court released Maxwell's 2016 deposition.
- The transcript is finally being unsealed after a back-and-forth legal battle between Maxwell and Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Maxwell, Epstein and others of sexually abusing her when she was a minor.
- Maxwell, 58, was arrested in July and charged on several counts related to sex trafficking minors and perjury.
- Maxwell had accused Giuffre of lying when she alleged Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused and exploited her.
- That plea deal with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta led to state charges against Epstein, but it also prevented him and any co-conspirators from being prosecuted for federal sex crimes in southern Florida.
How the campaigns are preparing to deploy thousands of poll watchers
- That's because a 1982 consent decree limiting the party's poll-monitoring, put in place over allegations of voter intimidation in New Jersey, has expired, meaning the Republican National Committee and the GOP nominee can work together on poll-watching operations for the first time since the 1980 presidential election.
- According to a DNC Tech Team Report posted online, poll watchers will create a ticket that goes to a "network of virtual boiler rooms," where staff and volunteers will "coordinate the response to the incidents as they occur." Twenty-eight states have voter protection directors already in place f it is determined that legal action must be taken, according to a person familiar with the effort, as the campaign has fanned out lawyers across the country in addition to its poll watching operation.
The Family Feud Behind a $32 Million T. Rex Named Stan
- Twenty-eight years ago, legendary paleontologist brothers Peter and Neal Larson dug a 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex out of the craggy, South Dakota ground.
- This month, Christie’s sold that skeleton, nicknamed Stan, for $32 million—a price that smashed the record paid for a fossil.
- rex sold for four times Christie’s high estimate, buoying the fall auctions and highlighting the thriving market for fossils.
- Paleontologists and curators hoped the sale of Stan, which was estimated to fetch between $6 million and $8 million, would bring the feuding Larson brothers some closure.
- Starting in the mid-1970s, the brothers built one of the West’s first, and pre-eminent, fossil-hunting enterprises, excavating 11 T.
- They went site-to-site excavating dinosaurs, seeking permission from landowners who were typically paid fees for the access.
- rex in Chicago, nicknamed Sue, the reigning titleholder for priciest dinosaur at $8.4 million until Stan came to market.
In the calm before the possible storm, it doesn't look like courts will decide the election
- A handful of lingering court cases could still test how mail-in ballots get counted or are thrown out in some states, especially if the ballots have issues, such as illegible postmarks or signatures or were mailed on or near Election Day. But even with Barrett's confirmation likely next week, which would shift the balance of the high court further to the right, the actual impact that ongoing voting litigation may have on the presidential election before Election Day is little.
- Less than two weeks before November 3, the cases still kicking around court are largely about which mail-in ballots will be counted if they arrive to officials late -- the same types of rules that are typically disputed before and even after an election, said Jonathan Diaz of the Campaign Legal Center, a voting access litigation group.
FCC defends helping Trump, claims authority over social media law
- Critics of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan from both the left and right say the FCC has no authority to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives legal immunity to online platforms that block or modify content posted by users.
- The Supreme Court has twice considered whether the FCC's general rulemaking authority under Section 201(b), adopted in 1938, extends to the 1996 amendments to the Act. Both times, the Court held that it does.
- One problem with citing Section 201—which is part of the Communications Act's well-known Title II—is that the section applies to common carriers.
- The Pai FCC in 2017 justified its repeal of net neutrality rules by claiming that the commission has no authority to regulate broadband providers as common carriers under Title II—even though courts had specifically ruled the FCC does have such authority.
EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads
- The votes by the elected representatives of EU citizens are non-binding but send a clear signal to Commission lawmakers who are busy working on an update to existing ecommerce rules, via the forthcoming Digital Service Act (DSA) package — due to be introduced next month.
- All this legal activity focused on EU citizens’ privacy and data rights puts pressure on Commission lawmakers not to be seen to row back standards as they shape the DSA package — with the parliament now firing its own warning shot calling for tighter restrictions on intrusive adtech.
- The parliament also backed a legislative initiative recommending rules for AI — urging Commission lawmakers to present a new legal framework outlining the ethical principles and legal obligations to be followed when developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies in the EU including for software, algorithms and data.
Opinion: How Trump is turning his five court losses into a win
- Last month's explosive New York Times expose gave us a hint about why Trump might be flailing so hard to prevent prosecutors with the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's office from obtaining his tax returns via a subpoena issued to the accounting firm Mazars USA.
- First, federal district court Judge Victor Marrero -- I appeared in front of him many times and he's as even-keeled a jurist as you'll find -- forcefully rejected Trump's argument, calling "aspects of such a doctrine repugnant to the nation's governmental structure and constitutional values." (0 for 1, for those keeping count).
- So while we've gotten used to the notion of a nine-justice Supreme Court, Congress does have the power to either increase or decrease the number of seats.
Influencer Danielle Bernstein slammed for WeWoreWhat designs lawsuit - Business Insider
- Mega-influencer Danielle Bernstein's fashion brand WeWoreWhat, which has 2.5 million followers on Instagram, officially kicked off a legal battle with a Brooklyn-based lingerie company who said she copied one of its patterns.
- The Great Eros had been using a pattern of female nudes on their brand's tissue paper for years when they noticed a similar pattern showing up on swimsuits, leggings, and wallpaper sold by Bernstein, Eros' counsel Jeff Gluck told Business Insider.
- In August, Eros' lawyers contacted Bernstein, and though Eros was the party alleging that WeWoreWhat had violated its intellectual propriety, WeWoreWhat was the one to file a lawsuit against the company on Thursday, according a court filing.
- Records of showroom logs and gifting requests show that Bernstein visited Eros' showroom (not its retail store), and that Bernstein had asked for free products from The Great Eros in the past, Gluck said.