California district attorneys sue Uber
December 11, 2014
The district attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco counties have filed suit against Uber, the world’s leading smarthphone-based taxi service. [New York Times]
The joint lawsuit alleges that Uber has misleading safety practices and mischaracterizes the extent to which it vets it drivers. It demands that the mobile application-operated service immediately cease violating California law.
Uber, which operates in San Luis Obispo, allows customers to request rides in private cars using its smartphone app. The company generally recruits nonprofessional drivers to provide low cost taxi services.
An outside firm screens prospective drivers for Uber, which characterizes the practices as “industry-leading” on its website.
“You are not using an industry-leading background process if you are not fingerprinting your drivers,” San Francisco County District Attorney George Gascon said.
Uber was also hit with a lawsuit from the city of Portland this week. Portland attorneys allege that the company is operating an unregulated transportation service.
On Monday, the Delhi region of India banned Uber after a driver was accused of raping one of his passengers. Authorities in Spain and Thailand also ordered the company to cease operations.
Los Angeles and San Francisco counties have already settled a suit against Uber’s main American competitor, Lfyt. The two counties received a combined $500,000 settlement from Lyft.