San Francisco Taxi Drivers File Class Action Against Uber
A popular San Francisco start-up company providing taxi-like transportation services to residents, is being sued by a group of taxi drivers in a class action lawsuit. The action, brought by Attorney Gary Oswald, claims that the company, called Uber, is in violation of state and city statutes, and that the company has been dishonest in their business practices.
Specifically, the transportation company is being accused in the lawsuit of operating like a taxi service while claiming otherwise to avoid regulations governing such companies. Uber’s attorney countered these allegations with a statement maintaining that his client “complies with all laws and regulations applicable to its business,” according to this report.
Ongoing Legal Trouble for Uber
The company, that has been operating in San Francisco for two years, has seen its share of legal trouble. From Chicago to New York, it has been forced to shut down different services due to public utilities violations and other regulation issues. This newest civil lawsuit claims that Uber employs illegal meter devices to determine fares and that by not allowing customers to pay in cash, they are in violation of city codes.
On grounds that they have endured increased expenses such as leasing costs for lost time that was previously spent driving passengers, class action plaintiffs are seeking damages (of which the amount is currently undisclosed) and asking that Uber be forced to stop operating in the Northern California city. In class action lawsuits, each member of the suing class is entitled to a portion of the awarded damages.
More on Class Actions
When a group, such as a number of taxi drivers, feel they have been wronged individually, and collectively, by the conduct of one person, group or company, they can sue in a class action. The alternative is for each wronged person to sue individually, costing more legal fees and more lawsuits taking the court’s time.
Class actions help to streamline this legal process by allowing one or more lawyers to represent a large number of plaintiffs in one lawsuit and although there is generally one or two Lead Plaintiffs who are more essential to the case, each plaintiff has an investment in the outcome to some extent. The court will decide when the class action is coming to a close who is entitled to what amounts.
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