Uber heads back to court this Thursday in San Francisco to battle a case that has major implications for a sharing economy. The case is a class-action hearing that will determine whether its worker classification lawsuit will become a class-action suit.

The broader issue this case represents is whether Uber drivers are to be regarded as employees or independent contractors. In effect, Uber’s lawyers are going to be arguing that their drivers are so diverse — in regards to flexibility, working hours, etc. — that they cannot be considered as just one class.

The opposition, however, will be attempting to assert and validate the claim that Uber drivers are not different in ways meaningful enough to disqualify a class-action suit.

What this case can mean for the sharing economy — and for companies in this billion dollar industry, such as Airbnb and Lyft — is, as Arun Sundararajan, a professor…

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