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Food Apps Would Need Restaurant Consent Under California Bill

June 10, 2020, 8:15 PM

Door Dash, Uber Eats, and other food delivery platforms would need written agreements with restaurants before they could post their menus, trademarks, logos, or other intellectual property, under a California bill the state Assembly passed.

A.B. 2149 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D) moves to the Senate after the 60-5 Assembly vote on Wednesday. Gonzalez said the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated problems such as outdated menus being posted on the platforms and poor delivery service that can harm restaurants’ reputations.

  • The California Restaurant Association supports the bill, which would give restaurants more leverage to stay off the platforms if they don’t want to use them.
  • The California Labor Federation also supports the bill.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation opposes the bill, arguing it could be preempted by fair use provisions of the Copyright Act.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Mahoney in Sacramento, Calif. at lmahoney@bloomberglaw.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com