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If you use Uber, you may be entitled to a settlement payment

If you use Uber, you may be entitled to a settlement payment
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Uber seems to be more popular than ever. More and more people are tapping on the app to get a ride. Others are using Uber as a way to pick up extra income.

As with any company, though, it’s hard to avoid controversy. Uber is now experiencing that and is in the hot seat over its Safe Rides Fee.

Why Uber was sued

In fact, you might be entitled to money from a class action settlement. Uber and Raiser, LLC were sued for allegedly making misrepresentations about the “Safe Rides Fee,” safety measures and the way they do background checks for potential drivers.

The settlement orders Uber to change how it advertises background checks and certain fees.

Uber denies the allegations in the class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court has not decided who’s right but plans to hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement so benefits can be issued.

If the court approves the settlement, it’ll result in the creation of a $32,500,000 Settlement Fund to be paid to eligible Uber users.

If you think you’re entitled to some money, your Class Member Identification Number is B6A2E68D3943EB2.

Your legal rights and options include:

  an automatic payment from Uber to your Uber Rider Account

  payment to your PayPal account or bank account via eCheck

  excluding yourself from or objecting to the settlement

If you prefer PayPal or an eCheck, you’ll need to submit a Payment Election Form by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 8, 2018. If you don’t submit this in a timely manner, your Settlement Share will automatically be paid to your Uber Rider Account.

Other options and more information can be found at www.RideShareSettlement.com 

Who’s eligible for the money?

The settlement includes everyone who used the Uber app or website to get services from one of the Uber Ride Services With A Safe Rides Fee in the U.S. or one of its territories. You would have had to do this between January 1, 2013, and January 31, 2016.

“Uber Ride Services With a Safe Rides Fee” means all transportation was arranged through Uber’s website or via the Uber App where a Safe Rides Fee was paid (i.e. UberX).

Those who are not eligible for any money are those who are employees, directors and officers of Uber and Rasier, LLC and the Court and Court staff. 

If the settlement is approved by the court, you’ll receive your share of the money if you still have an Uber account. The average Class Member is estimated to receive about $1.07 as a Settlement Share.

Other options

If you don’t want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must exclude yourself by January 8, 2018, or you won’t be able to sue or continue to sue Uber about any issue in this case. By excluding yourself, you also won’t receive payment of your share of the Settlement Fund. You also can’t object to the settlement.

Hearing details

The hearing on whether to approve the settlement in the case, known as McKnight et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al, is on February 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Keep in mind, the hearing could be moved to a different state or time without notice so check with www.RideShareSettlement.com for updates.

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