How Meyer v. Kalanick Could Determine How Uber and the Sharing Economy Fit into Antitrust Doctrine
By Nicholas Passaro (Cornell University)
Abstract: Recently, Uber driver (and CEO) Travis Kalanick has been sued under antitrust laws with the plaintiffs arguing that he and the other drivers have engaged in a price-fixing arrangement that violates §1 of the Sherman Act. The case, Meyer v. Kalanick, has not yet been decided. This article will analyze the potential arguments from each side, and eventually make the case for the best reasoning the court should offer for not finding Uber drivers in violation of the Sherman Act. This determination will be based on the merits of the various arguments, how such a decision would fit within the history of antitrust law, and how it would be good precedent for the future. Additionally, there will be an analysis as to why Uber’s place in the sharing economy distinguishes it from previous antitrust violators that the plaintiffs will likely try to analogize it to.
Full Article: Social Science Research Network