Uber Drivers Push For Punitives In 'Safe Ride Fee' Row

Law360 (April 9, 2018, 3:46 PM EDT) -- A certified class of drivers accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of improperly taking a cut of their fares by instituting a $1 “safe rides fee” moved Friday to seek punitive damages against the company and slammed Uber’s attempt to split off that portion of the case.

Lead plaintiff Chuck Congdon and the class of drivers, which scored class certification and a summary judgment win just last month, filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers for the right to start punitive damages discovery and to determine whether the proceedings should be bifurcated.

“No reasonable person can now dispute that Uber...

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