The Gig Economy Assignment
LEG. 500: ASSIGNMENT #2 GUIDE
The topic for this Assignment is The Gig Economy. This topic also should serve as your
Follow the assignment Instructions closely. These instructions include the number of pages of
the Memorandum you are assigned to write.
Pay particular attention formatting requirements as follows:
(1) The memorandum must be four (4) pages long. This number of pages does not include
the title page (cover page) and the reference page.
(2) Must strictly follow the APA Writing Style, using Times New Roman font (size 12).
(3) Needless to say, the memo must be typed and double spaced.
STRUCTURE OF THE MEMORANDUM
(START THIS ON PAGE 2. PAGE 1 IS YOUR COVER PAGE)
DATE: November 20, 2017 (USE THIS ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE)
TO: The General Manager
FROM: (Your Name)
SUBJECT: Evaluation of Uber’s Legal Exposure for the Conduct of Drivers
Summary of the Main Principles of Agency
The purpose of this section of the memo is twofold: to serve as your Introduction (include
historical background of Uber); and to test your knowledge of the Principles of Agency law.
The following are the basic Principles of Agency law:
1. Agency is the fiduciary relationship which results from these preconditions:
(a) the manifestation of consent of one person (principal) that
(b) another person (the agent) shall act on behalf and
(c) subject to the control of the principal, and (d) consent by the agent so to act.
(i) Manifestation of the principal that the agent will act on his behalf. Thus, the agent is
given the authority to act on behalf of the principal.
(ii) Consent by the agent to act on behalf of the principal.
(iii) The agent must be subject to the control of the principal.
2. LIABILITY OF PRINCIPAL TO THIRD PARTIES IN CONTRACT:
(a) Principals are liable to third parties for contracts entered into by their agents when acting
with authority, whether or not disclosed, or under estoppel.
(b) Agent’s authority to bind the principal in contract:
(i) Express Authority
(ii) Implied Authority
(iii) Apparent Authority – based on Principal’s manifestations to third parties
3. LIABILITY OF PRINCIPAL TO THIRD PARTIES IN TORT
(i) Principals are liable for torts of their agents and servants.
(ii) INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
Independent Contractor is not subject to principal’s controls over the physical conduct of
the task. For this reason, the principal and agent relationship does not exist between the principal and agent relationship does not exist between the principal and independent
contractor. Under such circumstances, the principal is not responsible and held liable for the alleged negligence for the independent contractor.
Analysis of the Circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of its
In this section use your knowledge of the above main principles of agency law to advise the
investment firm general manager regarding the circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of its drivers.
Identification of the steps Uber can take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its
This is the last section before the reference page of your memo. Again, use the knowledge you have gained from the agency principles to identify the steps Uber can take to limit its legal
exposure for the conduct of its drivers. Uber would be required to give public notice regarding steps it can take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers.
Your memo must provide recommendations based on your overall analysis.
Follow instructions regarding the number and quality of references.