If you used Uber in the U.S. and paid a Safe Rides Fee, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement.
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about whether Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC (collectively, "Uber" or Defendants) made misrepresentations about the "Safe Rides Fee," safety measures, and the background check process for potential drivers. Uber denies the allegations in the lawsuit, and the Court has not decided who is right.
The Settlement requires Uber to make certain changes to how it advertises background checks and certain fees. Additionally, the Settlement will result in the creation of a $32,500,000 Settlement Fund to be paid to eligible users of Uber.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement, so that benefits can be issued. Those included have legal rights and options, such as receiving an automatic payment from Uber to their Uber Rider Account, submitting a Payment Election Form requesting payment to their PayPal Account or bank account via eCheck, or excluding themselves from or objecting to the Settlement. This notice is only a summary. Go to www.RideShareSettlement.com
for detailed information.
Who is included?
The Settlement includes all persons who, from January 1, 2013 to January 31, 2016, used the Uber App or website to obtain service from one of the Uber Ride Services With A Safe Rides Fee in the United States or its territories. "Uber Ride Services With A Safe Rides Fee" means all transportation services that were arranged through Defendants' website or the Uber App where a Safe Rides Fee was paid (such as UberX, etc.). "Uber App" means the Uber smartphone application by which riders may request Uber Rideshare Services. "Uber Rideshare Services" means all transportation services that are arranged through Defendants' website or the Uber App, regardless of type of ride or service that is requested. "Uber" means the companies, incorporated in the State of Delaware as Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC, who operate the ride share service commonly known as Uber. Excluded from the Class are (a) all persons who are employees, directors, and officers of Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier, LLC; and (b) the Court and Court staff. "Employees" means any person whose Uber account email address ended with "@uber.com" as of May 8, 2017.
These people are called the "Class" or "Class Members."
What do I get from the Settlement?
If the Settlement is approved by the Court and as long as you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will automatically receive your Settlement Share if you still have an Uber account. You have three options as to how your Settlement Share will be paid to you:
Option 1 (the "Uber Rider Account" option). Your Settlement Share will be paid to your Uber Rider Account (this is the account you created when you registered to use Uber), which will then be applied toward your next Uber ride in the United States. If you do not use the payment to your Uber Rider Account within 365 days of the Effective Date, a single attempt will be made to pay your Settlement Share (less the average cost of distributing the Settlement Share) to a default U.S. credit card, U.S. debit card, PayPal Account, or other payment method associated with your Uber account.
Option 2 (the "PayPal Account" option). Your Settlement Share will be paid to your PayPal Account, which you will identify on your Payment Election Form.
Option 3 (the "eCheck" option). Your Settlement Share will be paid by an electronic check, which will be emailed to the email address you provide on your Payment Election Form. eChecks are available for deposit in U.S. financial institutions only.
If you prefer Option 2 or 3, you will need to submit a Payment Election Form by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 8, 2018. If you do not submit a timely Payment Election Form indicating that you wish to receive your Settlement Share by a payment to your PayPal Account or bank account via eCheck, your Settlement Share will automatically be paid to your Uber Rider Account. If you no longer have an Uber account, you must submit a valid Payment Election Form and elect Option 2 or 3 to receive your Settlement Share. You can file your Payment Election Form online at the Settlement website. Use your Class Member Identification Number provided above to file your Form.
The Settlement Share for the average Class Member is estimated to be approximately $1.07. You can estimate your own Settlement Share by starting with $0.25 for your first ride on an Uber Ride Service With A Safe Rides Fee (e.g., UberX), and then adding $0.05 for each subsequent ride taken during the Class Period.
Payments to Class Members (either to your Uber Rider Account, PayPal Account, or bank account via eCheck) will be made only after the Court grants "final approval" to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Please be patient and check the Settlement website for updates.
What are my other options?
If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself from the Class by January 8, 2018, or you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, Uber about the issues in this case. If you exclude yourself or "opt out" from the Settlement, you will not receive payment of your share of the Settlement Fund, and you cannot object to the Settlement. If you stay in the Class, you may object to any part of the Settlement by filing an objection by January 8, 2018. The Detailed Notice available at the Settlement website explains how to exclude yourself or object.
The Court's Fairness Hearing
The Court will hold a hearing in the case, 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 consider whether to approve the Settlement, and the requests by Class Counsel for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses and for Service Awards to the Class Representatives. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so it is a good idea to check www.RideShareSettlement.com
for updates. You or your own lawyer, if you have one, may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost, but you do not have to.
How can I get more information?
See the Detailed Notice, file a Payment Election Form online, and review other information by visiting www.RideShareSettlement.com
Unless otherwise defined, all capitalized terms used herein have the same meaning and effect as defined in the Amended Settlement Agreement, which is available for download from www.RideShareSettlement.com
SOURCE: United States District Court for the Northern District of California.