DoorDash, Grubhub sue San Francisco over permanent delivery caps

Dive Brief: DoorDash and Grubhub filed a lawsuit on Friday against the City and County of San Francisco over a permanent delivery fee cap of 15%, which passed in late June. The companies call the cap “unnecessary,” “harmful” and “unconstitutional” and are seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages. The lawsuit claims restaurants have a wide …

District Court Thwarts $100 Million Damages Award, Finding Litigation Conduct Exceptional

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently ended a long, drawn-out patent infringement battle dealing with menu patents, which saw action in front of a jury, at the district court, at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), at the Federal Circuit, and even an unsuccessful petition to the Supreme Court. The resolution: …

Will Permanent Fee Caps Actually Rein in Delivery Apps?

Last week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a permanent cap on the delivery fees third-party apps like DoorDash and Grubhub are allowed to charge restaurants for each order. It is the first permanent cap on delivery fees in the country, potentially heralding a lasting shift in the way that delivery apps charge restaurants …

Waitr will soon get a new name after settling $4.7M trademark lawsuit

Lafayette-based food delivery service Waitr agreed to pay $4.7 million to a similar business in California over trademark issues and is changing its name. Waitr has been riding high on the delivery wave during the coronavirus pandemic, diversifying revenue streams as the business looks to continue its path to consistent profitability. The company has started delivering groceries, …

Your order has been canceled: Delivery apps could need consent to list Seattle restaurants

It could soon be illegal for services like DoorDash and Uber Eats to deliver food unless they have the restaurant owner’s consent. That bill passed the Seattle City Council unanimously Monday, and now awaits the mayor’s signature. Here’s the problem: A company like Uber Eats finds an old menu on the web somewhere. And it …

Grubhub Responds to Multiple Merger Lawsuits

A year after entering a merger plan with Just Eat Takewaway.com, Grubhub is defending itself against a handful of shareholder lawsuits. In all, 14 lawsuits have hit the courts alleging various issues in the merger agreement. One suit alleges the company violated key Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines, another alleges the sale process was flawed …

Chicago’s 15 Percent Delivery Fee Cap Extension Stalls

The effort to extend Chicago’s pandemic 15 percent cap on third-party delivery charges for restaurants stalled at Wednesday morning’s City Council meeting, but the measure could be approved next month. In November, city officials instituted a cap on fees that companies like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats can require of restaurants as COVID-19 halted dining room service …

NYC BILL WOULD REQUIRE DELIVERY COMPANIES TO SHARE DATA WITH RESTAURANTS

A bill introduced in the New York City Council this week would require third-party delivery companies like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub to share more data with the restaurants that use their marketplaces. That data would include a customer’s name, phone number, email address, delivery address and the contents of the order, allowing restaurants to market directly …

Restaurants would be required to allow NYC’s 80,000 food delivery workers to use restrooms under proposed legislation

New York City’s 80,000 food delivery workers were declared “essential” during the pandemic — but many have faced long shifts, low wages and aren’t even allowed to relieve themselves in restaurant bathrooms. Bills to be introduced in the City Council Thursday aim to improve those conditions, and crack down on food delivery apps that advocacy …

Beijing’s ‘Big Tech’ Crackdown Continues With Anti-Trust Probe Into Food-Delivery Giant

The probe reportedly resulted from a public tip. Though it’s not yet known how long the investigation will last, it’s worth remembering that the Alibaba probe was launched on Christmas Eve of last year, and ended earlier this month. Meituan has pledged to cooperate (though of course it has little choice in the matter). “The company …