California Prosecutors Accuse Uber of Illegal Business Practices

By on December 11, 2014

A civil lawsuit was filed against Uber in San Francisco Superior court by the district attorneys for San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The complaint alleges that Uber misled consumers about the quality of background checks on its drivers and improperly charging for airport tolls.

Specifically, the lawsuit seeks penalties and refunds of Safe Rides fees, alleging that Uber misled consumers about its driver vetting process by failing to obtain drivers’ fingerprints in conducting background checks.  The complaint argues that Uber instead relies on name, driver’s license number, and social security number, data for which Uber cannot guarantee actually belongs to a driver.

Prosecutors also claim Uber should repay airport tolls improperly collected from customers by Uber drivers in San Francisco.

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