– The New York Times
A federal court in North Carolina gave conditional certification on Wednesday to a class-action lawsuit by several Uber drivers that was brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The plaintiffs can now seek out the approximately 18,000 drivers who opted out of arbitration in their contracts with the company and are thus eligible to join the case. Uber has more than 600,000 drivers in the United States.
– The Washington Post
William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So on Thursday, he and another prominent African American pastor filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages – at enormous cost to their communities.
– Business Travel News
Just three years ago, the hotel industry was “very fragmented” and had “little to no political capital,” according to PwC hospitality industry leader Scott Berman. Now, through the work of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the U.S. Travel Association, that has changed. The industry has a clearer agenda, and it’s spending far more in Washington to move that agenda forward.
– The Associated Press
The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year. The analysis found that traditional battlegrounds such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia were among those with significant Republican advantages in their U.S. or state House races. All had districts drawn by Republicans after the last Census in 2010. Even if Democrats had turned out in larger numbers, their chances of substantial legislative gains were limited by gerrymandering.