On May 1, 2020, a California appellate court upheld a win for Lyft in a lawsuit brought by two people who were injured in a collision with a Lyft driver. At the time of the accident, the Lyft driver was driving home from a separate job. The vehicle they were driving was rented as part of a Lyft program.
According to the First District Court of Appeal, Lyft could not be held liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior. This doctrine specifies that employers can only be held legally responsible for the actions of their employees when they are committed with the scope of employment.