Postmates Drops Appeals in Two Mass Arbitration Disputes (1)

April 8, 2021, 7:53 PM; Updated: April 8, 2021, 9:30 PM

Postmates Inc. agreed to drop parallel appeals that had fought back against thousands of its couriers filing individual arbitration disputes—a tactic meant to force the company to rack up costly legal fees to defend its workforce model.

Attorneys for the on-demand food-and-drink delivery business filed motions for voluntary dismissal Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and in the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

The couriers accused the company of improperly classifying them as independent contractors and, therefore, denying them benefits due to employees. Abandoning the appeal would allow the individual claims to move...

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