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US: California countdown begins as Lyft threatens to shut down tonight at 11:59 p.m.

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft continue their battle with the state of California over the classification of drivers.

Last week, leaders of both companies said they would be forced to suspend operations in California if the court did not overturn a recent ruling that required apps like Uber and Lyft to classify their gig workers as employees, rather than independent contractors. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi went on MSNBC to threaten a full shutdown, and Lyft president John Zimmer told investors on an earnings call that they would likely do the same. The companies were given a grace period of 10 days to appeal the ruling, with enforcement scheduled to start Friday, August 21.

And as the clock ticks down to tomorrow, Lyft has released plans to shut down at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight.

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