In continuing news:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Uber’s request to appeal the class action status granted in September to a group of drivers who claim that the company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors. According to Slate, the court didn’t rule on the merits of the class certification itself and could still choose to do so if Uber appeals again at the end of the case, or if changes are made to the size of the driver class. The denial has essentially provided an avenue for the plaintiffs to prepare for trial, currently scheduled for June 2016. This case is limited to California drivers and, due to a policy since May 2014 in which drivers must specifically opt out of an arbitration agreement in order to sue the company, the scope of any decision on the matter would be potentially trendsetting, but not a complete dismantlement of Uber’s “sharing economy” business model. The case is Douglas O’Connor et al v. Uber Technologies Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-3826.

Read more from Slate here and Reuters here.

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