Lyft will avoid liability for a sexual assault against a passenger by a driver after a split state appeals panel ruled rideshare services are exempt from heightened standards placed on common carriers. The Jane Doe victim sued Lyft, its background-screening vendor and driver Angelo McCoy, alleging McCoy sexually assaulted her in July 2017.Persuaded that the alleged attack happened outside the scope of McCoy’s employment by Lyft as a driver, Circuit Judge Patricia O’Brien Sheahan tossed negligence and fraud elements …