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Uber Can’t Arbitrate Claims It Tricked Lyft Drivers

Law360 (June 11, 2018, 6:37 PM EDT) -- A California state appeals court on Friday affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny Uber’s bid to arbitrate claims it used fake Lyft accounts to hurt competition, finding that claims brought by a Lyft driver are unaffected by a separate agreement he signed as an Uber driver.

The appellate panel said a California Superior Court judge was correct in finding plaintiff Ryan Smythe’s allegations — that Uber used the fake Lyft accounts to request rides and send drivers from the rival company on “wild goose chases”...
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