In what appears to be the first reported decision on the issue, a New York judge has ruled that Zipcar, the burgeoning "car-sharing company," may avail itself of the protections set forth by the Graves Amendment, a federal law that shields car rental agencies against liability for most accidents involving their vehicles. The judge found that although the members-only car rental company advertises itself as an alternative to "traditional rental cars," Zipcar may nonetheless claim the rental-car law's protections.
Car-Sharing Company Entitled to Same Liability Shield as Rental Firms, Court Rules
New York Law Journal
June 15, 2010