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A Lyft driver on California Street in San Francisco on April 3, 2020 (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) Any appeal would go to the First District Court of Appeal, which, just weeks before the November 2020 election, affirmed a trial court ruling that found Uber and Lyft had misclassified their drivers. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Friday struck down Proposition 22, the 2020 voter-approved initiative that allows ride-hailing companies to classify their drivers as independent contractors.

In a 12-page ruling, Judge Frank Roesch wrote that a provision of the tech industry-backed law illegally infringes on the Legislature’s constitutional authority to decide which workers must be covered by the state’s workers’ compensation system.

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