The Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals recently found for a vehicle owner in West Jefferson, Ohio, who had her car towed.  A village ordinance allowed for "any motor vehicle camper, trailer, farm implement and or non-motorized vehicle" to be towed if left on a village street for more than 24 hours.  When the vehicle owner challenged the ordinance, the Twelfth District found that the missing comma altered the meaning of the statute and that West Jefferson would need to amend the ordinance, should they wish to tow "vehicles" and campers, and not just "motor vehicle campers."

It appears that Uber, and the so-called "1099 economy" lost an important decision recently in California.  A California Uber driver was ruled an employee - not an independent contractor - and therefore entitled to additional wages and benefits.  

Perhaps the real innovation of Uber, and other similar companies, is that they force traditional cab companies to innovate and provide better service.  Either way, the line between independent contractor and employee may be tested again in the near future.


    Attorney Matthew T. Fitzsimmons is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He practices in general civil matters, estate planning, and business agreements.


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