The battle between municipalities and third-party delivery apps continues nationally as a new law took effect last week in Seattle. Hailed as one of the strictest laws of its kind in the country when it unanimously passed the Seattle City Council back in June, the ordinance, which became effective on September 15, requires meal delivery apps to get written consent from restaurants before listing their menus or taking orders without permission. Back in April 2020 just as the COVID pandemic was taking off, Seattle placed a cap of 15% on the commissions that third-party delivery firms could charge restaurants for delivery services. Under the provisions of the Fair Food Delivery Act, as the ordinance is known, delivery firms must have written contracts with the restaurants and if a restaurant wants out of that contract, it must request removal in writing. The delivery firm then has 72 hours to remove the restaurant listing and failing to do so will subject the delivery firm to a fine of $250! San Francisco and New York City have also passed similar laws.