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Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley speaks at a candid Federal Bar Association event highlighting some judges and court procedures.

A San Francisco judge acknowledged a pivotal California Supreme Court decision would affect the outcome of a closely watched labor fight between Grubhub Inc. and a former delivery driver but declined to say whether the decision should be applied retroactively, a key question that gig companies want answered.

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an opinion Wednesday in response to a question from plaintiffs attorneys who contend Grubhub is misclassifying its workers as contractors and not employees. Corley in February ruled for Grubhub, and the case, brought by a driver named Raef Lawson, is now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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