The UBER-Cartel? UBER between Labour and Competition Law

2016 Lund Student EU Law Review Vol 3

8 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2016 Last revised: 7 Sep 2016

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Julian Nowag

Lund University - Faculty of Law; Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

UBER is often described as disruptive innovator. This paper examines whether the UBER model disrupts the classical competition analysis thereby creating the uber-cartel, a cartel to which the normal competition rules don’t apply. This working paper on UBER and UBER-like business models examines issues that such a model faces with regard to labour and competition law with a particular focuses on the competition law implications if UBER’s business model is not subject to labour law. The paper first describes the UBER model and the labour law questions. Then it examines the possible competition law implications of UBER and UBER-like business models. After presenting a recent antitrust court decision in the US in a pending antitrust case against UBER, the paper finally briefly explores potential ways how UBER and UBER-like can prevent antitrust liability.

Keywords: cartel, UBER, sharing economy, antitrust, labour law, pending case

Suggested Citation

Nowag, Julian, The UBER-Cartel? UBER between Labour and Competition Law (2016). 2016 Lund Student EU Law Review Vol 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826652 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2826652

Julian Nowag (Contact Author)

Lund University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 4
Lund, 222 22
Sweden

Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy ( email )

St Cross Building
St Cross Road Oxford
Oxford, OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

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