A Class Action Settlement From UberSeptember 27, 2017
At long last, a settlement was reached in a class action lawsuit regarding whether ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC (collectively known as “Uber” or “Defendants”) misrepresented its measures known as “Safe Rides Fee,” other safety measures and the process of background checks for potential drivers. Uber has denied the allegations made in the suit. The Court has not determined which side is right.
As per a settlement, Uber is being required to make changes to the way it advertises specific fees and background checks. In addition, the settlement will also go toward the creation of a settlement fund with money totaling $32,500,000 that is to be paid eligible Uber riders.
You may be entitled to money that is part of the class action suit. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California will be holding a hearing to determine whether to approve the settlement so that those affected can be awarded a fair amount of compensation. Any individuals included in the suit will have a variety of legal rights, including having an automatic payment from Uber to their Uber Rider Account, turning in a Payment Election Form that requests payment be made to their bank account, PayPal or via eCheck or even being excluded from the settlement if they so choose. For more information, visit www.RideShareSettlement.com.
Who is Included?
People included in the class action settlement include all of those who used Uber’s website or its app to get services from one of the Uber Ride Services with a Safe Rides Fee in the US or any of its territories from January 1, 2013 through January 31, 2016. “Uber Ride Services with a Safe Rides Fee” encompasses any transportation services that were made through Uber’s website or the Uber app where a Safe Rides Fee was paid (for example, UberX). “Uber app” refers to Uber’s smartphone application through which many Uber riders request its Rideshare Services while on the go. “Uber Rideshare Services” refers to all transportation services arranged through the Uber website or Uber app, with the type of ride or service requested not being an issue. “Uber” refers to the companies that were incorporated in Delaware as Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC, which, together, operate the ride-sharing service known simply as Uber. All employees, directors and officers of Uber Technologies, Inc. and Easier, LLC are excluded from the class action suit. Also excluded are the Court and its staff. “Employees” means any and all individuals who have an email address that ends with “@uber.com” as of May 8, 2017.
All of the above individuals are known as the “Class” or “Class Members.”
You are receiving this notice because Uber has determined that you are a potential Class member. Your Class Member identification number is: 89D9BE9E4696FD.
What Do You Get from the Settlement?
If the Court approves the settlement and you have not excluded yourself from the settlement, you will automatically receive your share if you have an account with Uber. There are three options available to you regarding how your settlement share is paid to you:
• Option 1 (“Uber Rider Account” option): Your share is paid to your Uber Rider Account and is subsequently applied to your next Uber ride in the US. If you don’t use the payment to your Uber Rider Account within 365 days of the effective date, an attempt will be made to pay your settlement share (minus the amount of distributing the share) to a US credit card, debit card, PayPal account or other means of payment associated with your Uber account.
• Option 2 (“PayPal Account” option): You will receive your settlement share directly to your PayPal account, which you must identify on your Payment Election Form.
• Option 3 (“eCheck” option): Your settlement share is paid via electronic check and is emailed to you at the email address you provide on your Payment Election Form. eChecks can only be deposited into US financial institutions.
If you want Option 2 or 3, you must submit a Payment Election Form no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on January 8, 2018. If you fail to submit the form in a timely manner, your settlement share will be paid to your Uber Rider Account. However, if you no longer have an account, you must submit the Payment Election form and choose either Option 2 or 3 to receive your settlement. You can file the form online through the Settlement website. Be sure to use your Class Member Identification number that is provided above for filing the form.
The average amount to be given for settlement share is $1.07. Estimate your own share by starting with $0.25 for your first ride on an Uber Ride Service with a Safe Rides Fee and add $0.05 for each subsequent ride you have taken during the class period.
Payments will be made only after the Court grants final approval to the settlement and after any appeals resolve. If any appeals do take place, please be patient and check the Settlement website from time to time for updates.
What are Other Options?
If you want to exclude yourself from the settlement, you must do so by January 8, 2018 or you will not be able to sue Uber about any issues involved in the case. If you opt out, you will not receive a share of the settlement. If you remain in the Class, you can object to any part of the settlement by filing an objection by January 8, 2018.
The Court’s Fairness Hearing
The Court will hold a hearing known as McKnight et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al., No. 3:14-cv-05615-JST on February 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to determine whether to approve the settlement as well as requests for attorneys’ fees and expenses and Service Awards to the Class Representatives. Please note that the hearing can be changed to a different date without notice, so it’s wise to check with www.RideShareSettlement.com for updates. You or your lawyer may also ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost if you wish.
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