A small group of “elite” litigators at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has quietly become the courtroom face of Uber, Postmates, and DoorDash as the companies face an existential legal battle over drivers’ rights. They say they’re playing to win, but the team has also made an impact by simply avoiding a court ruling forcing the companies to start treating drivers as employees.
Legal Heavyweights: California lawyer Ted Boutrous, who has recently tangled with the White House over tell-all books about President Trump, has been fighting for Uber and other gig companies in court for nearly a decade. The legal team also counts Facebook, Chevron, and actor Ashley Judd among its clients.
November Looms: Uber and other gig companies are spending $110 million on a ballot initiative to convince California voters to overturn a new state law that makes it harder for them to treat drivers as self-employed contractors. Plaintiffs’ lawyers say they’ve been kept at bay by arbitration disputes and strategic settlements, but those tactics may not have the same effect on a growing number of government lawyers getting in on the action.
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