A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle filed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, challenging a landmark labor law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. United States District Judge Robert Lasnik held that the matter was brought prematurely, as the city ordinance had not yet taken in effect. The Chamber, however, indicated that the court made it clear at oral arguments that it would eventually hear a substantive challenge at a later time.
The court further held that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had no standing to bring the lawsuit because the Chamber was not directly impacted; the fact that Uber and Lyft were Chamber members did not lend standing to the Chamber itself. “Neither of the Chambers’ members has suffered an injury that is traceable to the Ordinance and would be redressed if the Ordinance were declared invalid or enforcement were otherwise enjoined,” the ruling stated. “Thus, the Chamber itself has no standing to pursue the claims asserted in this litigation.”
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. City of Seattle
Daniel P. Sullivan