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Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber self driving car kills pedestrian

August 2, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

On March 18, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking her bicycle across the street in Tempe, Arizona when she was struck and killed by a self-driving Volvo SUV owned and operated by Uber. Following what was widely reported as one of the first known instances of a pedestrian being killed by a self-driving car operating in public, Uber was quick to settle with the family of the deceased victim, evidently seeking to avoid the extended media attention that would come with a protracted legal fight.

On March 29, Law360 reported that a lawyer for the family had announced that the family had “resolved” the issue, although terms of the assumed settlement were not disclosed. The vehicle was estimated to be traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour when it struck Herzberg. The Volvo SUV that killed Herzberg was in autonomous mode with a human driver behind the wheel.

Following the fatal March 18 accident, Uber voluntarily ceased all public self-driving-vehicle tests in the cities of San Francisco, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix while it examines the causes of the incident. Additionally, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has ordered Uber to suspend tests of self-driving cars on the state’s public roadways.

In a statement, Uber said, “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”

The accident has been viewed by many observers as a setback not only for Uber’s efforts to develop self-driving technology, but for the industry as a whole. States recently had been showing a strong willingness to allow for expansive testing of self-driving vehicles on public roads. However, following recent incidents, some states may show greater reluctance, or impose greater restrictions on such testing.

At the least, the incident has raised doubts about industry claims that self-driving technology is something of a panacea that will mean the end of car accidents.


Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Must Face Breach of Contract Class Action Suit

August 2, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

A judge in California has ruled that ride-hailing giant Uber must face a class action suit from drivers who allege that the company breached its contract in denying them certain types of pay.

At issue in the case is Uber’s “upfront pricing model,” which charges passengers a projected fare before their ride actually begins, but pays drivers based on the distance and time actually driven. The suit’s central complaint is that this payment model limits drivers’ earnings and constitutes a breach of their employment contract.

The case has been kicking around the courts for some six months, with Uber repeatedly attempting to block it. The recent ruling ensures that the case will proceed.

Neither party indicated what its next legal steps would be.

If you believe you’ve been treated unfairly by Uber or another ride-hailing company, or if you’ve been in an auto accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare vehicle, you may have a case.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: National Labor Relations Board Wants to Revive Uber Contract Employee Suit

July 17, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has requested the revival of a proposed class action suit against embattled rideshare giant Uber. The suit accuses Uber of misclassifying driver as independent contractors as a means of unjustly pocketing their tips.

The basis of the request to revive the suit is the NLRB’s insistence that it is illegal for a company to force employees who seek collection action into individual arbitration. Such a law is still in force, according to the NLRB’s amicus brief, even in cases in which employees have had a chance to opt out of any arbitration agreements.

Drivers in the original suit allege that Uber denied them tips, wages, and health insurance because they had been unfairly misclassified as independent contractors rather than as full-time employees.

The NLRB stressed that the National Labor Relations Act holds that all employees have the right to pursue collective litigation, and that employers may not force employees to seek individual arbitration.

Many of the lawsuits facing Uber in courts across the country center on the company’s practice of classifying its employees as independent contractors.

If you’ve been treated unfairly by Uber, or if you’ve been involved in an auto accident involving an Uber vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Sued for Failure to Outfit Vehicles for Disabled Passengers

July 20, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

Uber, the ride-hailing giant that has found itself in numerous kinds of legal trouble in several cities and states, has been sued in New York for its alleged failure to outfit its vehicles with ramps or lifts for passengers who do not possess a full range of movement abilities.

The case, filed by the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, the Taxis for All Campaign, Disabled Action of Metropolitan New York, and numerous private citizens, alleges that 99.9 percent of Uber vehicles are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs or who have other movement disabilities.

While Uber does have some vehicles with suitable accommodations, plaintiffs in the class action suit allege that the dearth of such vehicles creates unfair delays for disabled Uber users, and thus discriminates against them.

Uber faces court challenges in various cities for its practice of classifying drivers as contractors rather than as employees, for sexual harassment, and for regulatory issues of various kinds. If you have been discriminated against by Uber or another ride service, or if you’ve been in an accident involving an Uber vehicle, you may have a case.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: North Carolina Judge Grants Certification to Uber Drivers in Class Action Suit

July 14, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

Uber drivers who opted out of an arbitration agreement with the ride-hailing giant may file a collective class action suit, ruled a federal judge in North Carolina. The case rests on whether drivers were misclassified as independent contractors.

The case, to which the judge granted conditional approval, would be filed under the rubric of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Paul Maslo, stated that he believed between 18,000 and 19,000 members of the class.

At issue is whether Uber, in classifying its drivers as contractors instead of employees, has deprived them of wages, overtime, and certain benefits to which the drivers would be entitled under FLSA. A specific claim is that Uber uses this classification system to avoid compensating their drivers for time spent waiting for fares.

Uber has come under fire in several cities and states for regulatory issues, employment law violations, and sexual harassment.

If you feel you’ve been treated unfairly by Uber, or if you’ve been in an accident that involves an Uber vehicle, contact TheLawFirm.com

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Drivers Urge Judge to Hear Case on Uber’s Controversial Pricing Model

July 6, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

In a class action suit currently before a California federal court, a group of plaintiffs urged the judge to reject Uber’s attempt to dismiss a suit currently pending against the company for its allegedly unfair pricing model. Uber has argued that the plaintiffs’ case is fundamentally invalid; the plaintiffs insist in no uncertain terms that their case is clear.

In Uber’s “upfront pricing model,” passengers are charged before their ride actually begins. Those charges are determined by what plaintiffs allege to be inflated projections of the time and distance of the actual ride. Drivers receive a portion of the fare, but that portion is calculated by reference to the time and distance actually driven. The discrepancy between the two methods of pricing is at the heart of the suit, which alleges that Uber pockets money that should go to drivers.

Arguments on both sides were heated.

The California suit is one of many Uber currently faces. The ride-hailing company has been taken to task by numerous state and local governments for reasons including unfair compensation, sexual harassment, and regulatory issues.

If you believe you’ve been treated unfairly by Uber or another ride-hailing company, or if you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident that involved an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare vehicle, you may have a case. Contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Driver Loses Bid for FLSA Action

June 28, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

A Florida federal judge has denied an Uber driver’s bid to certify a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collection action, stating that he had failed to demonstrate that other Uber drivers who had similar concerns wished to join the suit.

The driver, Sebastian A. Rojas, alleges that Uber has not paid its drivers a minimum wage for all of the hours they’ve worked, has not paid overtime, and has improperly classified its employees as independent contractors. Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., however, ruled that Rojas misunderstands the nature of FLSA class action cases, and has not shown that other Uber drivers are interested in joining his lawsuit.

Rojas filed an affidavit that states that others would join his suit, but has not submitted any additional information about other drivers and has not collected affidavits from other potential plaintiffs.

Rojas is not the first Uber driver to file complaints against ride-sharing giant Uber, which has run into legal difficulties in numerous cities and states over its classification of employees and other practices.

If you or someone you know has been treated unfairly by Uber, or has been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, contact TheLawFirm.com.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Strikes Back against Class-Action Suit Over Driver Wages

June 27, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

One of the many lawsuits filed against ride-share giant Uber is founded on claims that the company breached its contract in that its “upfront pricing model” actually served to deny drivers the wages they fairly earned. Now, the company is moving to have that suit dismissed.

Uber filed a motion to dismiss the class action suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs misunderstood the contract.

The upfront pricing model charges riders a fee before the ride even begins, but such fares are often calculated on inflated projections of the time and distance of the ride. The suit alleges that Uber calculated its drivers’ shares of the fares based on the actual fare, not based on the fare that the company itself uses to secure the fares. Uber, the suit alleges, pockets the difference in this rigged equation.

Notably, Uber is not denying pocketing the difference. Rather, the company’s motion to dismiss is grounded on an allegation that its drivers misunderstood the contract’s usage of the upfront pricing model.

Central to the class-action suit is the fact that Uber tells drivers they will retain 80 percent of the fares they collect, but that the actual percentage yields turn out to be far lower than that.

If you’ve been stiffed by Uber, or if you’ve been in an accident involving an Uber vehicle, contact TheLawFirm.com. We can help.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Moves to Discredit Employment Lawsuits

Julne 16, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

Uber, the troubled ride-sharing company, continues to use every litigation device at its disposal to discredit the lawsuits brought by disgruntled employees. Uber recently filed a brief in federal court that encourages the court to dismiss claims by drivers who assert that they are or were employees proper, not independent contractors.

The grounds for Uber’s current motion state that, since drivers opted out of arbitration, their lawsuits have been invalidated. The suit has been in the courts for four years.

Should Uber drivers past and present be classified in the eyes of the state as employees rather than as contractors, the company could be liable for enormous financial payouts in the form of employee benefits and other compensation.

The cases against Uber are numerous and complex, and the company is fighting them on several fronts.

If you feel that you’ve been cheated out of fairly earned compensation by Uber or another ride-sharing company, or if you’ve been in an accident involving an Uber vehicle, contact TheLawFirm.com.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Arbitration Misled Workers

June 15, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Uber must rescind or revise a dispute resolution that the company reached with its software engineers. According to the judge, the agreement does not clearly inform employees of their right to file unfair labor charges.

Judge Mara-Louise Anzalone ruled that the dispute resolution wrongfully misleads Uber software engineers to believe that they are unable to file charges with the NLRB, though in fact they legally entitled to do so. At issue was the “legal jargon” in the agreement, which rendered this point particularly unclear.

Uber, the app-based ride-sharing company, has run into a number of legal difficulties at the state and federal level. In particular, numerous cases have been filed pertaining to the company’s unfair treatment and/or classification of its drivers as contractors rather than as employees who are entitled to benefits. The NLRB case presents another angle on Uber’s troubled relationship with its employees.

If you believe you’ve been treated unjustly by Uber, contact TheLawFirm.com.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: NY Uber Drivers Entitled to Employee Status

June 15, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

Troubled ride-sharing giant Uber has experienced more than its share of legal difficulties in state and federal court. Now, a court in New York has delivered a potentially serious blow to Uber’s firmly held contention that its drivers are not employees but independent contractors.

A judge in New York state’s labor department has ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to receive employee benefits, despite the company’s claim that, since they set their own schedules and were not required to report absences, the company’s drivers are actually contractors.

Companies are not legally obligated to pay employee benefits to independent contractors.

Judge Michelle Burrowes argued that Uber had “exercised sufficient supervision, direction and control” over their drivers for the drivers to be considered, in the eyes of the laws of the state of New York, employees proper. Burrowes cited the company’s requirement that drivers accept at least 90 percent of ride requests.

The case could have ramifications not only for Uber’s bottom line, but for how the company is viewed by regulatory agencies in all of the states in which it operates.

Uber Lawsuit News Update: Uber Fires 20 Employees After Internal Investigation

June 13, 2018
Author: Daniel Gala

The New York Times reports that troubled ride-hailing company Uber has just fired 20 employees after conducting an investigation into its workplace culture. The individuals have not been named.

Still the 900-pound gorilla in the ride-hailing field, Uber has recently seemed vulnerable to threats both internal and external. In numerous American cities – and in numerous courts of law – Uber has run into regulatory and tax difficulties concerning whether its drivers should be classified as employees or as independent contractors. Uber employees past and present have spoken out about a cutthroat workplace culture, and at least one former employee has charged that the company failed to act on the sexual harassment complaint she made.

To address its internal struggles, Uber has contracted with two law firms to conduct investigations and make recommendations. The firings come after a report by the law firm Perkins Coie. Uber has also hired Covington & Burling, the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to conduct a further investigation. Covington & Burling’s report has not yet been made public.

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