Liability and the Sharing Economy


March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Liability and the Sharing Economy

Thanks to apps like Airbnb, Uber and TaskRabbit and the exploding growth of the sharing economy, millions of people are earning money by putting their spare rooms, cars and time to use. For workers, it brings freedom and extra income. For consumers, there's the one click convenience and cost savings. 

But what happens when sharing goes wrong? A dogwalker loses a pet. A guest causes an oven fire. A driver sexually harasses a passenger. Are these companies just online platforms that connect users, immune from offline liability, like eBay and TripAdvisor? Or do they face the same liability as brick and mortar operations like hotel chains and transportation providers? Many companies have begun offering insurance to their users. Will that solve the liability question? What disclosures should companies be providing their users? 

Join us as our panel of experts offers their insights on the sharing economy's next legal frontier.

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Thursday March 26, 2015
6 - 7:30 p.m. Panel
7:30 p.m. Cocktail Party

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

Panel Discussion With:

Michael Costonis – Executive Director, Insurance, Accenture

Michael Hershfield – COO, Kitchensurfing

Michael Klein – Head of U.S. Sales & Marketing, Onefinestay

James Rosenfeld - Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Adi Vaxman– Co-Founder/CEO of Tripda

Marc Zwillinger – Founder, ZwillGen

Moderated by:

Kai Falkenberg
Cardozo School of Law
Visiting Professor from Practice



Cardozo School of Law Jacob Burns Moot Court Room; Cardozo School of Law Lobby

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