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Travel Trends: laws

Ayin Buyuk - TAS - Alamy

Tech: You Will Witness the Long Arm of the Law

As travel start-ups such as Airbnb increasingly disrupt established businesses (hotels; taxis; car rentals; restaurants), their opponents are digging in, using the courts to highlight the sometimes shaky legal underpinnings of these services. Airbnb, for one, is in a pitched battle with New York State. For the sharing economy to go mainstream, it’s going to have to lawyer up.

Also Noted: Car-sharing service Flightcar v. San Francisco; taxi-hailing app Uber’s fights with municipal taxi commissions; EatWith, which is skirting New York City restaurant regulators.

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